Following the recent news that Mexico is to join the Formula One Grand Prix calendar next year, another new addition has been announced today. Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will host the European Grand Prix in 2016. The street racing circuit will have as its backdrop the medieval city and the Caspain Sea. The start/finish straight will be on the picturesque Azadliq Square (pictured).
The city has hosted racing since 2012, with GT races of various denominations taking place on Baku’s streets. In November, the Blancpain Sprint Series will visit. The GP circuit is likely to differ from the 1.5-mile and 2.72-mile configurations used to date. F1 cars will need a little more space to stretch their legs…
The European Grand Prix moniker may sounds like a bit of stretch for a country that sits next to the Caspain Sea, but the country has been a member of the Council of Europe since 2001.
Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport, said: ‘I am delighted to officially announce that we have signed a contract to bring Formula One racing to Baku in 2016. Our location at the crossroads of eastern Europe and western Asia is a new frontier for Formula One racing.’