Azerbaijan GP

First onboard lap of Baku City F1 Circuit for Azerbaijan GP

Formula 1 will be racing in Baku city, the capital of Azerbaijan, this season. EuroFormula driver Gulhuseyn Abdullayev was first to run some laps at the circuit.

The Baku city circuit, where the cars will race in an anti-clockwise direction, loops around the centre and the picturesque streets of Azerbaijan capital.

More impressive race is to be expected of the track due to the city’s narrow streets – with the length of the widest part of the track is 13m, and the narrowest width is 7.6m between the 7th and 8th turns.

First onboard lap of Baku City F1 Circuit for Azerbaijan GP

First onboard lap of Baku City F1 Circuit for Azerbaijan GP

Abdullayev, Azerbaijan’s promising young driver, said: ‘Baku city circuit consists of a combination of both slow and fast turns. In general, this track has a very unique layout. Unlike other street tracks, Baku city circuit has a sufficient width as well.

‘I believe we will witness breath-taking moments during the race. In fact, driving through those turns is not easy at all. The track was free for now, and did not require much effort from me, but during the race when there will be racing cars and slow moving pilots around or any incidents it will present a serious driving challenge for pilots.

‘Driving in Baku gives me a special feeling. Since my childhood, I have always dreamed of having a track in Azerbaijan; either a street track or a permanent circuit, so I could drive. Today, my childhood dream has come true. So, I am very happy!’

First onboard lap of Baku City Circuit for F1 Azerbaijan GP

First onboard lap of Baku City Circuit for F1 Azerbaijan GP

He added: ‘Before the race was announced, honestly, I didn’t know anything. But now that we are racing there it’s a place that I’m very curiosity to visit and I’m really looking forward to it.’

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