The Baku City Circuit is a planned racing circuit set to be constructed around Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. The 6.003 km circuit played host to the 2016 European Grand Prix, four years after the event was last held in Valencia. It hosted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017, replacing the European Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix in Azerbaijan had been discussed as far back as 2010, and in 2013, Hermann Tilke was contracted to design a course.
With this being a new event, there has been only one configuration. The track has three sections: a series of short straights and 90° turns in the city center, the challenging and technical section around the perimeter of the walled old city, and a two kilometer straight down Baku Boulevard returning to the start. The circuit starts on Baku Boulevard, in front of Azadliq (freedom) Square on drivers left, and next to Milli Park to drivers right, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, the world's largest lake. Azadliq Square is also the location of Government House, which contains much of the governmental departments of Azerbaijan. The cars make a quick 90° left onto Aleksander Pushkin, then another left on Xaqani Kucesi. Four more right angle turns put the cars onto the divided section of Baku Boulevard, heading away from the start. Just before reaching the famous 'Maiden Tower', the cars make a sharp right, to start a loop around the old walled city. Included in this section is a place where the cars squeeze through a gap of less than eight meters. between a stone turret and an apartment building. After looping around the old city, and passing the historic Maiden Tower, the cars shoot down a two kilometer, very wide and gently curving section of Baku Boulevard, back to the start.
The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Baku circuit:
|Year||Event||Winning Driver||Winning Constructor|
|2016||European Grand Prix||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes|
|2017||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer|
- ↑ "No German Grand Prix on F1 2017 calendar but Azerbaijan race is official". The Guardian. Reuters. 30 November 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/30/german-grand-prix-f1-2017-calendar. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
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