Sochi track should be more like Baku – drivers | 2018 Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1 drivers say Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit should be used as an example of how to create more exciting races at tracks like Sochi.

The home of the Russian Grand Prix has a reputation for producing processional races. Asked for his thoughts on how the track could be improved, Sergio Perez told media: “I think all the new circuits should look at Baku.

“Baku is such a good race and it’s just because of the overtaking, and overtaking comes from a very long straight.”

Lewis Hamilton echoed Perez’s view.

“They should probably look at each race and realise that there is a different characteristic in terms of for the race that we get,” he said. “There’s a reason why Baku is super-exciting, there’s a reason why Monaco is boring – yet the spectacle is great – there’s a reason why Austin turns out to be a great race.

“So you’ve got to turn up and pull back on some things or bring different tyres, whatever it is, to these different races to make that happen every single weekend. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have more awesome weekends like somewhere like Baku.”

Sochi is “unfortunately… not very good for overtaking, considering it has such a long straight,” Hamilton admitted.

“The time delta needed [to overtake] is around 1.5, 1.4 seconds. Every year they’ve brought a tyre that it’s been a one-stop, easy, or a tyre can do the whole race. What that means is there’s no degradation, ever. So then you never can have an offset of 1.4, 1.5 seconds to another car.”

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