Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020

2020 Race Status: CANCELLED
Date: June 5, 2020 - June 7, 2020
City: Baku, Azerbaijan
Circuit: Baku City Circuit
Official Name: FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2020

Located minutes from Baku Boulevard, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix offers spectators the chance to enjoy the race and explore the capital city. The coastal city is full of history and beautiful architecture while the Baku City Circuit boasts a weekend full of entertainment.

Spectators won’t have to travel far during race weekend to fill their time. The boulevard and inner city center will provide everything that’s needed for the Grand Prix weekend, from food to lodging to entertainment.

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RACE INFO & SCHEDULE

Get all the info you need for race week! The race schedule, events, track activities, how to get to the track, what's allowed or prohibited at the track, and many more frequently asked questions.

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VISITOR & TOURIST INFORMATION

AVERAGE RATES OF NEARBY HOTELS

  • 3-star: 255AZN/night ($150USD)
  • 4-star: 340AZN/night ($200USD)
  • 5-star: 680AZN/night ($400USD)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING RACE WEEK

  • High of 28°C (82°F)
  • Low of 18°C (65°F)

CURRENCY

Azerbaijan uses the Azerbaijani manat (AZN). Here are some common conversions:

  • United States Dollar: 1AZN =  $0.59USD — $1USD = 1AZN
  • Euro: 1AZN = 0.53EUR — 1 EUR = 1.87AZN
  • British Pound: 1AZN = £0.46GBP — £1GBP = 2.18AZN

LANGUAGES

The primary language spoken in Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani. English is only spoken in tourist areas.

 

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

Spectators will find plenty to do around Baku City Circuit. With the circuit so close to the city, they will find historical museums and cultural centers not far. These include:

  • Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
  • Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum
  • Miniature Books
  • Taghiyev History Museum

There is plenty of shopping as well as ballet and live theater near Baku Boulevard. Spectators can also admire the architecture of:

  • Baku Railway Station
  • Gosha Gala Tower
  • Palace of Happiness
  • Ismailiyya Palace

Baku is also not far from outdoor activities at locations like:

  • Guba Khinalug 
  • Gobustan National Park
  • Khinalug Village

 

Largest Nearby Cities 

  • Sumqayit
    • 37 km (23 mi) to Baku
    • 48 min drive
  • Ganja
    • 357 km (222 mi) to Baku
    • 4 h drive
  • Quba
    • 169 km (105 mi) to Baku
    • 2 h 13 min drive

THE CIRCUIT

Track Location: The streets of Baku, next to Baku Boulevard in the city-centre

Distance from the Closest Airport: 19.7 km (12.2 mi) to Heydar Aliyev International Airport

Distance from Downtown: The circuit is situated in Downtown Baku

Year Opened: 2016

First Grand Prix: 2016

Baku City Circuit is the second-longest track to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix. The first race at the street circuit was the 2016 European Grand Prix. In 2017, it hosted the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

At the time of completion, the circuit was considered the fastest street circuit in the world. The top speed on the track was 360 km/h

THE 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Though race organizers for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix wanted the Baku race to be moved to June, Formula 1 fans will be heading to the city on April 25 for the fourth race in the 2019 season. The rumor mill has put the status of the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix up in the air, but spectators can take solace in knowing that the Baku City Circuit will once again host the high-speed event.

 

Attendees will once again enjoy the beautiful view of the Caspian Sea from the circuit. The city’s stunning architecture will serve as the backdrop to the race weekend as Baku prepares for a host of fans to invade its city center. Visitors will get the opportunity to explore UNESCO-protected structures as they prepare for the big race on April 28.

 

Baku City Circuit remains one of the longest and narrowest tracks in the Formula 1 Grand Prix and promises an edge-of-your-city experience for anyone traveling to this South Caucasus nation. Drivers that don’t have much experience on the circuit may find its tricky turns and unexpected width to be problematic. The race is sure to create some snapshot moments for years to come.

 

Azerbaijan’s Grand Prix circuit features 20 turns and runs 6.006 kms. The relatively newer circuit can fit upwards of 18,000 spectators and the early announcement of the 2019 race schedule increases the likelihood of a sold out event.

 

The 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix ended in just over 1:43 with the United Kingdom’s Lewis Hamilton taking the top spot and 25 points. The hazards of Baku City Circuit reared their ugly head at Lap 40 when Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo made contact. When Verstappen attempted a defensive maneuver a little too late after passing Ricciardo, the pair connected, resulting in their retirement from the race.

 

When not engrossed in the thrills of the Grand Prix, Baku’s visitors will be partying among history. The city square serves as the site of the Formula 1 festivities and paddock area but the outlying region includes centuries-old tourist attractions like the Maiden Tower and the aptly named Old City.

 

Seeing as how the track is still relatively new to the Grand Prix scene, the likelihood of collisions, retirements, and game-changing follies is at a high. Even without any mishaps, Baku City Circuit promises a heart-pounding thrill as drivers contest to complete the 51-lap race.