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F1 'going to Azerbaijan' - Ecclestone

ESPN Staff
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Bernie Ecclestone believes he has secured a new F1 venue © Associated Press

Bernie Ecclestone says Azerbaijan is likely to host a grand prix in 2015 or 2016, according to the Daily Mail.

A race around the streets of the capital Baku has been made possible by Flavio Briatore, the former Renault boss, who is likely to pocket a seven-figure sum from any deal. Briatore, who still speaks regularly to Ecclestone, has been called the "Bling King of Azerbaijan" after opening his couture business Billionaire in Baku.

Ecclestone has not confirmed a date for the Baku race but seems adamant it will take place at some stage in the next two seasons.

"We're going to Azerbaijan," he said. "The people out there [in Azerbaijan] are talking about holding a race in 2015. That may be a bit soon - unless it's at the end of the season, that's a possibility. But 2016 is more likely."

A race in Baku could potentially take the F1 calendar to 22 Grand Prix events, with the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey delayed until 2015 at least, while the Indian Grand Prix is reportedly rejoining the calendar in an early-season slot. Ecclestone is also still hopeful of arranging a future race around the streets of London.