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European Grand Prix – Baku F1 Circuit Stats and Facts

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European Grand Prix - Baku F1 Circuit Stats and Facts

European Grand Prix – Baku F1 Circuit Stats and Facts

Despite the elevation changes the new Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan will provide Formula One teams this weekend as they prepare for Sunday’s European Grand Prix, the 6.003-kilometer (3.730-mile), 20-turn street circuit.

Five other circuits have hosted the European Grand Prix: Nürburgring, Jerez, Brands Hatch, Valencia and Donington Park.

BAKU CIRCUIT STATS

First race2016
Circuit length6.006km/3.732 miles
Run to Turn One202m/0.126 miles
Longest straight2.1km/1.305 miles, on the approach to Turn One (the longest of the season)
Top speed340km/h/211mph, on the approach to Turn One
Full throttle 56 per cent
DRS zonesTwo, on the approaches to Turns One and Three
Key cornerTurn 15, a deceptively fast left-hander, through which entry speeds will be high and the walls will be close. Turn Eight is another notable corner, where the apex is a medieval wall and the track is only two car widths wide
Pitlane length295m/0.183 miles, estimated time loss 22s
Fastest corner 170km/h (106mph), Turn 16
Slowest corner86km/h (53mph), Turn Eight
Fuel consumption2.1kg per lap, making it one of the highest of the season
ERS demandsHigh, because the circuit requires lots of full deployment
Brake wearMedium. There are six significant braking events around the lap, but this is not expected to be a tough circuit on brakes
Gear changes62 per lap /3,162 per race

BAKU CIRCUIT FACTS

History lesson:
This is Formula 1’s first visit to Baku, but it isn’t the city’s first experience of international motorsport. For three years, between 2012 and ’14, Baku hosted an international GT race on a separate street track. That sportscar race no longer takes place, but F1 has a long-term deal to race in the city.

What makes the track unique:
It’s the first anti-clockwise circuit of the 2016 campaign, but the track’s unique feature is its 2.1km (1.305-mile) pit straight, along which the cars will reach a top speed of 340km/h (211mph) – the fastest speed on a street track in the history of the sport.

Grip levels:
Poor. The asphalt is new, which will make it oily and slippery. Grip levels will improve as rubber is laid down on the racing line, but teams are expecting slippery conditions – similar to those at the Sochi Autodrom in 2014.

Run-off:
Minimal. This is a street circuit, so space is at a premium. Concrete walls line the track, which means mistakes will be punished – and never more than at Turn Eight, where the track is barely wider than two F1 cars. But FIA race director Charlie Whiting is satisfied with the safety standards at the track.

Watch out for…:
Turn One. The cars will have been flat-out for the preceding 2.1kms (1.305 miles), along which is the first DRS zone, so expect lots of drama under braking and overtaking attempts into this slow, 90-degree left-hander.

Source: McLaren

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