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Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2017

Circuit information
CircuitBaku City Circuit
LocationBaku
CountryAzerbaijan
TimezoneGMT +04:00
Race debut2016
Laps51
Length6.003 km
Distance306.049 km
Line offset0.104 km

Event overview

The Baku race was talked about for several years, and it was late 2013 when Bernie Ecclestone mooted the event for the 2016 season. There was some discussion that it would be moved forward to 2015 when the Korean race dropped off the calendar, but eventually the debut was returned to its original position on the 2016 calendar.

Baku doesn’t have a rich history of motorsport racing, but the grandstands weren’t too empty as the inaugural race weekend got underway. Red Bull had previously visited the city for some demo runs which were well attended and there was plenty of promotion ahead of the inaugural race weekend.

The Baku City Circuit is designed by Tilke Engineering, weaving around the city in what was an incredibly challenging fashion. The iconic shots from the weekend were taken where the cars navigated the narrow track next to the city walls. There are plenty of elevation changes around the circuit, including that section near the old town wall. Naturally, as a Tilke circuit, there are also some long straights, and with the promenade section, top speeds were reached to entertain the fans at the track.

The lack of run off area was of some concern to drivers, in case of incident, and the street nature of the track did mean some drain covers and outside influences affected the cars during practice. However, the first race was well received, and although chaos was expected, it was an incident-free event won by Nico Rosberg.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
23 JunFridayFree Practice 110:00
GMT +01:00
13:00
GMT +04:00
Free Practice 214:00
GMT +01:00
17:00
GMT +04:00
24 JunSaturdayFree Practice 311:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT +04:00
Qualifying14:00
GMT +01:00
17:00
GMT +04:00
25 JunSundayGrand Prix14:00
GMT +01:00
17:00
GMT +04:00
Weekend results in detail
Free Practice 1 results
Free Practice 2 results
Free Practice 3 results
Qualifying results
Starting grid
Race results
Fastest laps
Driver standings
Constructor standings

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