Azerbaijan is our host for Round 8 of the 2016 World Championship! At a new track and with the championship battle really beginning to heat up, this weekend could be one to remember. Here’s everything you need to know about the Baku City Circuit!


Circuit
Image: MotorOilStains / CC

 

LAPS 51
TURNS 20
LAP LENGTH 6.006km
FIRST RACE 2016
MOST WINS

Fast Facts:

  • The circuit, which was designed by Hermann Tilke, is set to become the fastest street circuit in the world.
  • It passes through the oldest parts of the city, past government houses and out on to Baku’s promenade, with panoramic views of the Caspian Sea. 
  • It is the second longest circuit on the current Formula One calendar – only Spa is longer.
  • The circuit runs anti-clockwise and the narrowest part of the track is just 7.6 metres wide at Turn 8. On the apex of this corner, which is just wide enough for two cars to fit side-by-side, you can find a medieval wall. 
  • The track boasts a mix of slow and tight twisting turns, along with long straights, so it’s difficult to know who will have the competitive advantage this weekend.
  • There is a 202 metre run to the first corner, and the two longest straights on the track – the run to Turn 1 and between turns 2 and 3 – are where you’ll find the DRS activation zones. 
  • Fuel consumption could be critical here, with 2.1kg of fuel being used per lap.
  • Watch as Baku prepares to host its first Grand Prix: 

Previous Winners in Azerbaijan:

Year Winner
2016 ?????

 

Nicky Haldenby is a 23 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature. He founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016.

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