- Circuit Length 6.006kms
- Circuit Turns 19
- Circuit Direction anti-clockwise
- Established 2016
- Designer Hermann Tilke
|First race||European Grand Prix||June 19, 2016||Nico Rosberg (GER)||full results|
|Last race||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||April 29, 2018||Lewis Hamilton (GBR)||full results|
Oil-rich Azerbaijan secured its place on the Formula One calendar in 2016 as one of a record-breaking 21 races in the season. Held on the streets of capital city Baku, the six kilometre track was designed by F1's resident architect Hermann Tilke and includes long straights, right angle turns and a tight uphill section on the outer section of the old city. The event is known as the Grand Prix of Europe even though Baku is arguably on the Asian side of the continental border running along the Caucasus mountains west of the city.
Keen to project itself as a modern, wealthy and sophisticated country, the grand prix is one of a number of high-profile sporting and cultural events to take place in Azerbaijan in recent years. In 2015 Baku hosted the inaugural European Games and it is one of the host cities for the UEFA Euro 2020 championships (not to mention its host status during the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest).
The circuit has a capacity of just 28,000, with 20,000 seated in grandstands and the rest sold as general admission tickets. But while race-day attendance will be relatively small, its the massive wordwide TV audience that appeals to the Azeri government bankrolling the event.