FIA F2 Championship, Baku, Race Preview
Trident Motorsport continues its season with round 4 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Baku City Circuit. The venue’s layout is unique and features a fast section in the port area and a slowest one in the historical part of the Azerbaijani capital. The goal for the team will be to claim its first points with Clément Novalak and Roman Staněk.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship is back under the spotlight this weekend with its fourth round of 2023 at the Baku street circuit after a break of nearly four weeks. The quality of the work done by the teams at home during an unusually long break is expected to make a difference as the season continues. Trident Motorsport has used the knowledge and data gathered in the first three outings of the season to prepare the trip in the most efficient way.
Baku is known as The City of Winds, as it lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea, often hit by strong gusts of wind. The 6.0-kilometer track is the third-longest of the year and it's famous for its front straight of more than two kilometers, where slipstreams are crucial. It is also particularly tricky for race leaders to handle restart situations. There are high speeds to reach and heavy braking zones.
In terms of set-up, it is crucial to find the right balance between the very fast harbour section and the slow run in the old part of the city that goes around the famous castle. Like all city circuits, Baku does not allow room for mistakes, given the treacherous walls close to the racing line.
In the first events races of the season, the Trident Motorsport pairing did not make it to the points zone: the goal for the Italian squad is to quickly assimilate the track's secrets, have a solid qualifying session and set the conditions to improve in the rankings. Clément Novalak and Roman Staněk have been working profitably with their technical staff to prepare for the Azerbaijani trip. The Czech driver make his debut there, while the Frenchman driver already ran at Baku City Circuit twelve months ago.
Giacomo Ricci, team manager: "We are looking forward to getting back on track after a long break of almost four weeks, in which we have been working with great determination in our factory to prepare for Baku and the rest of the season. We have set our work up trying to put the knowledge and data gathered in the first three outings to good use. Our goal in Azerbaijan will be not to make mistakes, to approach a very difficult track in the best possible way and secure our first points of the season. We are very motivated: the technical staff and drivers will do their best so that we do not return from Baku empty-handed."
The series will go underway on 11:05 for the 45-minute practice session, followed later on the same day by qualifying at 15. The Sprint Race will be at 15 on Saturday, while the Feature Race will be starting on Sunday at 11:25 AM. The action will be broadcasted by the Sky Sports F1 network. Times are local, two hours ahead of CEST.