Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Horner: “It’s funny to do the first Sprint of the year in Baku” – FASTmag

Horner: “It’s funny to do the first Sprint of the year in Baku” (PHOTO: Dan Mullan/Red Bull Content Pool)

Christian Horner finds it “ridiculous” that the first six F1 Sprint Races in 2023 will take place on the roads of Baku.

Despite the fact that Red Bull Racing has won three of the six visits to the urban track, which will be the next day of the World Championship at the end of April, it now generates the highest chance in all weekend sessions, in most editions. financial risk, especially when the budget is limited.

For this reason, while he expects that more changes will be made to the players of these short matches and admits that it is popular with the fans, the team manager does not agree that this venue is included in the number of Saturday’s six. which will play a role in this campaign.

“It’s a completely ridiculous thing to do the first race of the year in a street race like Azerbaijan, but from the side of the show, from the side of the fan, it will probably be one of the most. stirring up the nations. “The rush of the year,” he explained.

“From a cost cap perspective, all you can do is park your car and it costs a lot of money. So one race is enough in Baku. In fact, we have two… so there should be some action. But it’s part of the challenge and part of the work we have.”

“Hopefully we can fix the forms for the next Sprint races, which are a little more dynamic. I know the Sport Director has been working on it and hopefully we can finalize it, so also, the Sprint Race in Azerbaijan is something to be aware of.”

Christian horner (photo: dan istitene/red bull racing)

Christian Horner (PHOTO: Dan Istitene/Red Bull Racing)

Zak Brown and Mike Krack, the principals of McLaren and Aston Martin, agreed with Horner on this matter, with the latter describing a certain “nervousness” about what could happen in the Baku Sprint Race.

But it is very convenient for everyone, there will be three full weeks after the visit to Australia, due to the cancellation of the Chinese GP, so that the other leaders of this team are forced to cut back to prepare the necessary parts and not to suffer even in that one. competition., nor later in Miami.

“Now we know enough about Sprint’s things that we know how to prepare, and these are the costs in the budget boxes. I think everyone has some leeway, knowing that some of these races can be tough on the budget, so I think everyone is ready,” commented Haas’s Guenther Steiner.

“Baku always creates something unexpected, so I hope we don’t get involved in the unexpected, and (our rulers) come back safe, unharmed and with points.”

Other 2023 Sprint races will be held in Austria, Spa-Francorchamps, Qatar, Austin and Interlagos.

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