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Fer­nan­doAlonso Baku City Cir­cuit am­bas­sador

Are you sur­prised by what you’ve seen on your first visit here? FA: I’m def­i­nitely sur­prised by the cir­cuit, fa­cil­i­ties and the lay­out. All the prepa­ra­tions are ahead of what I thought they would be. There’s al­ways a ques­tion mark when you come to a new cir­cuit, a new coun­try and you won­der what the re­ac­tion of the peo­ple will be. So far they have been very en­thu­si­as­tic and very pas­sion­ate about the event, and that will grow when the race comes here in June.

I didn’t come with any idea of what the city would be like, but it has a very Euro­pean style, a lit­tle like Budapest. The city is ex­tremely safe – it’s quite de­vel­oped and is grow­ing very quickly.

The track looks pretty quick…

What do you make of Turn 9, which runs past the old city wall and the Maiden Tower? FA: It’s up­hill and the fi­nal part is a com­pletely blind cor­ner, so there’s no room for any mis­takes. All street cir­cuits have these types of char­ac­ter­is­tics, though, and be­ing so close to a his­toric wall and tower, it will look even more danger­ous when you see it on tele­vi­sion.

Do you like hav­ing a mix of dif­fer­ent types of cir­cuits and coun­tries to visit? FA: New coun­tries are im­por­tant to For­mula 1 as you open the sport to new cul­tures and new peo­ple. And street cir­cuits give you the chance to be close to the peo­ple and this pro­vides a bet­ter show. Some of the events that are no longer on the cal­en­dar, were fan­tas­tic cir­cuits in new coun­tries, but then we stopped rac­ing at them be­cause they were in­con­ve­nient or too far from the city. So hav­ing street cir­cuits in new coun­tries is quite a good so­lu­tion.

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