Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is raring to enter the Azerbaijan track in one of the most anticipated races in the Formula One calendar. Speaking ahead of the race, Verstappen said that he had unfinished business with the track. His comments come in the background of his 2021 loss at Baku when his tyres exploded while he was leading the race.
The Dutch man was putting in a rapid lap in the fastest sector of the track when he lost control of the car after his tyre burst. Verstappen rammed into the barrier in the street circuit but came out unscathed.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Baku, we have some unfinished business there after last year,” said the 24-year-old.
Despite starting the season on a bad note where he lost in Bahrain due to an engine failure, Verstappen at the moment is nine points clear of Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc.
“Last year was unlucky, simple as that,” he said.
“It was a very painful one, but that happens. That’s racing… it’s different cars, different tyres (this time) and we go again.”
While rivals Mercedes have not been at their best this season, but sounded upbeat ahead of the race.
“Baku often produces some fun and crazy track action, and the layout generates good racing opportunities,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
“So, let’s see if it lives up to its reputation this weekend.”