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Ecclestone hoping to make Baku a night race

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23/06/2016

With Singapore leading the way, followed by Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, Bernie Ecclestone is hoping to persuade organisers in Baku to host their Grand Prix at night.

"Not really," he told Motorsport.com when asked if there was anything he might do differently in 2017 following this year's inaugural event. "We need to have a good think about it, but I don't think so.

"They could open the streets a bit more," he added. "They're going to do that for sure. This year was difficult, because they didn't know.

"I'd like to see a 7pm start," he admitted. "We'll find out, they're looking at it."

Earlier this week however, the track's chief executive, Arif Rahimov, admitted that while the event could be staged at night, this is not currently under consideration.

"There is a possibility sometime in the future, that maybe we'll want to stir things up but I think it looks good as it is," he told Reuters.

"If all the places that we go to made the effort that these people have made here, it would be fantastic, they've done an incredible job," said Ecclestone, making the event - as long predicted by the Pitpass team - an absolute shoe-in for best organised event of the year at the FIA Awards in December.

"It's super, very, very good," he added. "The circuit's turned out to be really good as well. When we laid out the circuit, there were one or two ways we could have changed it, but I wanted to go past the old castle. It looks good."

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1. Posted by VC10-1103, 24/06/2016 5:19

"How do these night races square with Bernie's idea for a green image for F1? You have these 'hybrid' cars on a circuit that is lit like daylight.

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2. Posted by TokyoAussie, 24/06/2016 3:24

"So, it turns out the bit thru the narrow streets passing the castle were intentional to get the castle in the picture. Firm racing objective, I see. If they must, why cut the width of the road even further by having some huge curbing right in the middle of the turn. Surely the wall can serve the function as the edges of the track; that's what walls do.

Moving to a night race is perfectly understandable. We need a means to further hide the 40,000 people alleged to have been there. In darkness, a different excuse can be offered up as to why nobody can see spectators."

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3. Posted by You Started It!!, 23/06/2016 12:24

"Why not throw in a few cans of beer as well."

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