The Baku circuit with its narrow corners and long straights is going to be the most challenging track on this year's F1 calendar, according to Force India driver Sergio Perez.
The first impression of Tilke's youngest creation is massively astounding, suggesting a high percentage of crashes and engine weariness.
"It is the most challenging one...there is very little room for mistakes," said the Mexican
"If you do a mistake you are going to lose a couple of seconds, if not crash into the wall. It is like Monaco, but faster. It looks from the outside, from the laps I did, running the circuit, it looks very challenging."
Because of the long straight and a number of deceitful corners, Perez compared the Azerbaijani venue with the Chinese track in Macau.
"I never did Macau in my career – but this is one I really hope tomorrow I can enjoy driving," he revealed. "It is going to be one of those tracks that are going to stick out on the calendar.
"It is quite unusual. The corners, the risk – going into the wall. I like that. It is a good challenge for the driver, coming to challenging places. It is something we all enjoy and most of the drivers are going to love this place."
Even though there might be a huge crashing and retiring action, Perez thinks we will not see much overtaking on Sunday.
"It is going to be very difficult," he said. "Although you have one of the longest straights on the calendar, I think it might be on the difficult side to overtake.
Nevertheless, this circuit could be the embodiment of what F1 requires in these days, in order to enhance the skills of more experienced drivers, who are usually less inclined to commit faults.
"But I am very pleased with the job Tilke did on this one and Charlie [Whiting] as well, for making it more of a drivers' circuit.
“In some of the places we go, you make a mistake and cut across and there is not even grass. Here there is a challenge, no room for mistakes and I like that. That is how F1 should be – no room for mistakes,’’ he added.
by Beatrice Zamuner