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.
Azerbaijan uses the Azerbaijani manat (AZN). Here are some common conversions:
The primary language spoken in Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani. English is only spoken in tourist areas.
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:
There is plenty of shopping as well as ballet and live theater near Baku Boulevard. Spectators can also admire the architecture of:
Baku is also not far from outdoor activities at locations like:
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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 rumor mill has put the status of the 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 this year.
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.