Baku to Host Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2016

July 25, 2014

Formula 1 is set to explore a new territory after Azerbaijan signed a deal to host a new Formula 1 Grand Prix event in the capital city of Baku in 2016.

The race will take the title ‘Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe’ and will take place through the streets of Baku.

“I am delighted to officially announce that we have signed a contract to bring Formula 1 racing to Baku in 2016. Our location at the crossroads of eastern Europe and western Asia is a new frontier for Formula 1 racing, medic ” said Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Azad Rahimov.

“Azerbaijan is a modern European country that has established a reputation as a centre of sporting excellence. The deal to bring Formula 1 racing to Baku is a very significant new chapter in our ongoing success to attract the world’s largest sporting events to our country,” he added.

While the design and exact course of the city street racetrack has yet to be finalised, Minister Rahimov revealed that it is envisaged that Baku’s Azadliq Square will accommodate the race start, main grandstand and pits and that the racetrack will include major roads and landmarks such as Neftchilar Avenue, Government House and Maiden Tower.

“Baku’s ‘Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe’ will be a spectacular addition to the Formula 1 calendar. The course that we are planning to design will be similar to leading street circuits already on the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar” said Minister Rahimov.

Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group, commented: “We are very happy that Baku has joined the Formula 1 family. This will be a street race, which will pass through interesting and picturesque parts of Baku. The event will meet the current Formula 1 criteria.”

As well as the Grand Prix, Baku will be hosting the first ever European Games in 2015.

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