Daniel Ricciardo is braced for Red Bull to drop down the order in Baku but is hoping the team's early simulations have exaggerated how far off the pace it will be..
In the build up to this race motorsport consultant Dr Helmut Marko said Red Bull's simulations suggested it would lose 1.2s on the Baku City Circuit's long straight, which is over one mile long. The prediction was made despite Renault's recent engine upgrade, which helped Red Bull be more competitive in Monaco and Canada.
When told about Marko's statement, Ricciardo replied: "I hope he's wrong, that sounds like a lot. Let's see. I hope we don't lose that much but if we lose around that, let's say we lose a second we can make up a bit of time in the corners.
"On Mercedes, probably not that much, they've got a good car as well but also Ferrari it's probably minimal. On somebody like Williams we expect them to gain a bit on us down the straight but then in the corners I'm hoping our advantage takes over. 1.2 [seconds] is big, I hope Helmet is wrong."
Ricciardo is determined to get the best out of Red Bull's package regardless of how well it fares in Azerbaijan.
"I think I've got to try and maximise this weekend for now. It's hard to know where we are going to be on this track. With a shot at winning, it's probably not as good as we've had in the last races but you never know, it could suit us well.
"I think for me it's just to make sure that I get the most out of the weekend and leave Sunday feeling pleased with everything that I and the team have done together so yeah, looking back at Canada I thought at the time that the race was more dull, afterwards I was thinking that we were not as competitive as what we were in the end."