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Baku City Circuit

CIRCUIT PAGE
02/01/2018

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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DETAILS

Baku City Circuit

93 Zarifa Aliveya
Baku
AZ100
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan

Tel: (994) 12 404 1390

Fax:

Official website:
https://www.bakucitycircuit.com

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2018)

Length:

6.006km (3.732miles)

Race laps:

51

2017 winner:

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

Configuration:

Anti-clockwise

First GP:

2016

Lap record:

1:43.441 (Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2017)

Type:

Street Circuit

Total races:

2

BIOGRAPHY

The Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan is scheduled to host the Baku European Grand Prix from 2016.

The 6.006 km (3.732 mile) anti-clockwise circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke and starts adjacent to Azadliq Square. The track then loops around Government House before heading west to Maiden Tower.

At this point the track has a narrow uphill traversal and then circles the Old City before opening up onto a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) stretch along Neftchilar Avenue back to the start line.

In December 2013, Bernie Ecclestone suggested that the race would be run in 2016 but later said that because the Korean Grand Prix organisers were in breach of contract, it would be moved to 2015. However, in July 2014 it was announced that the race's debut would be delayed until 2016.

2017 was the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Last year the Baku City Circuit made its Formula One debut hosting the 23rd running of the European Grand Prix. There is no European Grand Prix on the calendar this season.

Measuring 6.003km, the Baku City Circuit is the second-longest track on the current Formula One calendar, with only 7.004km Spa-Francorchamps longer. Baku narrowly edges out Silverstone, which is next on the list, 112m shorter.

Last year's race in Baku was won by Nico Rosberg from pole position. Rosberg also set the fastest lap of the race and thus holds the lap record with 1:46.485. The German also led every lap of the race, recording the second and final grand chelem / grand slam of his career, the first being a few weeks earlier at the Russian Grand Prix.

Following qualifying at the Baku City Circuit last year, Williams announced their telemetry had recorded Valtteri Bottas, assisted by a tow, travelling at 378km/h on the main straight, approaching Turn One. This is the fastest speed recorded by a Formula One car during a race weekend. Speeds were slightly slower during the race, with Lewis Hamilton the fastest driver over the start-finish line at 364.4km/h.

The preferred strategy last year was a one-stopper, with the top six cars all starting the race on the super-soft and switching to the soft. The pitstop window for those six was relatively wide. Kimi Räikkönen (P4) made his stop on lap eight, Rosberg on lap 21. The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finished seventh and eighth respectively, on three-stop strategies, going supersoft-soft-medium.

Uncommonly for a street circuit, grid position did not prove decisive last year, with out-of-position cars able to affect overtaking moves with relative ease. Force India's Sergio Pérez qualified a career-best P2 but was relegated to P7 after a gearbox change. He was able to climb back into a podium position and finished P3. Hamilton started P10 and finished P5, while Jenson Button started P19 and came through the field to P11.

Bucking the usual attritional nature of street circuits, last year the Baku City Circuit witnessed only four retirements: Fernando Alonso stopped with gearbox trouble, Pascal Wehrlein with a brake issue, and the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat with suspension problems.

At its lowest point on the start-finish straight, the Baku City Circuit is some 24m below mean sea level, making it the lowest point on Earth to host a grand prix. It is 2,253m below the high-point of the F1 season, which can be found at Turn Six of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.

Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Ocon, and Lance Stroll will all be making their debut on the Baku City Circuit this weekend. None participated in a support race last season, and thus this year represents a genuine first look at the circuit.

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