The Baku City circuit is the fastest street track on the Formula 1 calendar. The first Grand Prix here was called the European GP, but since 2017, it changed its name to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Baku street circuit features a contrast between the ancient city and its famous mediaeval walls dating back to the twelfth century and the modern part, where the skyline features buildings such as the Heydar Alivey Center. One unusual fact about this track is that it is below sea-level.
The Hermann Tilke-designed track wends its way for a good 6 kilometres and although it is a street circuit, cars can reach speeds of 349 km/h down the 2.22 kilometre long main straight. There are also slow sections around the old walls: turns, 8, 9 and 10 are not much more than 7 metres wide.
This means that car set-up involves a compromise between having good top speed and enough aero downforce to tackle the slow 90 degree turns.
Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton are the three winners of the Baku City Circuit. That means Mercedes is the most successful team with 2 wins ahead of Red Bull’s one.
FIRST GRAND PRIX: 2016
NUMBER OF LAPS: 51
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 6.003 KM
RACE DISTANCE: 306.049 KM
LAP RECORD: 1:43.441 – SEBASTIAN VETTEL (2017)
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