Alonso: Baku will be exciting

Date published: June 15 2016

Being named a Baku Ambassador for their inaugural race, double World Champion Fernando Alonso has expressed his excitement towards the upcoming European Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit.

Looking ahead to this weekend's race, the Spaniard is excited for the circuit to be introduced to the F1 world, especially since he was involved in the development and assessment of the process.

"I’m already really looking forward to getting out on track for the first time in Baku on Friday," said the McLaren driver.

"In my role as Baku Ambassador, I’m lucky enough to have already seen the plans in detail for the new circuit and watch the venue come together over the past few months.

"The track layout is a really impressive hybrid of the buzz of a street circuit, with its tight narrow streets and close racing, and a more traditional track, where there are high speeds and solid overtaking opportunities."

On the track itself, Alonso was pleased to reveal that there will be plenty of overtaking and exciting maneuvers due to the characteristics of the circuit.

"I've already driven the track on the simulator and there’s certainly a lot that makes it unique – medieval walls close to the edge of the newly-laid asphalt, anti-clockwise corners, minimal run-off – so it seems to have all of the ingredients to give us a bit of drama and the prospect of exciting racing," he added.

"Having seen the development work in Baku as it’s neared completion over the past few months, it's clear that the organisers have put a lot of planning and resources into the infrastructure around the circuit, and it promises to be a very significant event in the region."