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Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview

By Williams Martini Racing
April 24 2018

The fourth round of the 2018 F1 championship sees the Williams Martini team move to the Baku circuit for the 2018 Azerbaijan GP. 2017 had seen the Williams team secure a podium finish but 2018 will see more of a challenge for the team after a difficult start to the season. For both team drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin they have had limited running on this circuit but Lance is ahead of his team-mate. The team is hopeful of making further improvements at this race and come away with a good result.

2018 Azerbaijan GP Preview
GP Circuit

Itís round four of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship and itís time for the first European race of the season. Weíre back in Baku! Azerbaijan holds fond memories for the team with Lanceís third place podium finish in last yearís thriller of a race. Unlike Shanghai, Baku is a track Sergey has driven before in GP2, having recorded double-podium finishes on his debut at the track in 2016. The team aims to see continued progress in Azerbaijan off the back of improved performance in Shanghai.

We head to Baku for the third time this weekend, and it has proven to be a great addition to the Formula One calendar so far. It is an exciting circuit with an incredible range of character from the slow track through the old city to the very long straight at the start finish line. Last year produced a very eventful race and memorable one for Williams, with Lance securing his first Formula One podium and indeed the only podium last year from a team not in the top three. It is earlier in the calendar year this season which should make for some cooler conditions than we have seen previously. We look forward to returning to Baku and making the best of this race to put on a good show for our new Azerbaijani fans. Russia is also a close neighbour of Azerbaijan and so we expect some great support for Sergey in his first Formula One race there. For Lance it would be bold to expect another podium but he should perform well given his significant achievements in Baku last year.

GP Tyre Selection Stroll
GP Tyre Selection Sirotkin
I think Baku is quite a difficult track with a combination of very long, high-speed straights and tricky, hard braking zones. Thereís no room for mistake which makes it quite a good race and it gives you good overtaking opportunities. It was a good track for the team last year as they had good success so Iím looking forward to getting there and going racing.

I have some great memories of Baku. It was my first podium in Formula One, so I shall never forget that, and the whole experience was amazing. Not only is it a great circuit, but Baku itself is a nice place. I had never been before, so it was all new to me last year but there was definitely a lot to see in the city. The track is pretty spectacular to drive. It is a long lap and is a technical track with a bit of everything. Since it is a street circuit and there are walls all round it, there is no room for errors.

Race Data
Practice 1: 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2: 17:00 - 18:30
Practice 3: 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying: 17:00 Ė 18:00
Sunday: Race: 16:10
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Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Williams F1 (IP Logged)
24/04/2018 13:52
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Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
GPL (IP Logged)
24/04/2018 18:16
Past performance in Baku not indicative of future results for Williams

LOL You don,t say.

Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
hemorrhage (IP Logged)
24/04/2018 23:13
Even Minardi car faster 0.2s in every year, they never going backward

Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Mikef1 (IP Logged)
26/04/2018 08:45
Any photos of the car? I'd be curious to see if we run a lower drag config with the wings and bargeboards this weekend. Technically speaking not updates as we've had spoon wings and u wings in the past. We've also rub a low df wing this year carried over from 2017.

Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
GPL (IP Logged)
26/04/2018 09:39
Some pics on Sutton images Mike

Not much to see yet tho..

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Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Anderis (IP Logged)
26/04/2018 09:49
Photos is not important. Williams car is suck.

Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
tomazy (IP Logged)
26/04/2018 13:43
we do have a new curvy rear wing



Re: Azerbaijan GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Mikef1 (IP Logged)
26/04/2018 14:07
As suspected it seems to be last year's spoon wing we ran from most of the season.

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