Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport, along with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone announced the European Grand Prix for 2016 at a press event in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday. According to the official F1 website:
“Azerbaijan is the latest addition to the Formula One calendar and I am pleased to see they have designed an innovative new street circuit that will definitely help to create a world class event when we race there in 2016.”
“This is a very exciting milestone for everybody involved in the Baku European Grand Prix and I would like to thank Mr Ecclestone for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to come and help us unveil the newest F1 circuit to join the world’s most exciting sport.”
The street circuit was designed by long-time F1 track designer, Herman Tilke who was quoted on the F1 website:
Hermann Tilke, CEO Tilke Engineering:
“I am absolutely thrilled about the Baku European Grand Prix project and delighted we can now unveil the track design. We have created a challenging street circuit, in terms of engineering and design, and one that thrives on Baku’s very attractive urban atmosphere and its great combination of history and 21st century style. The historic city centre, the beautiful seaside promenade and the impressive government house all combine to provide the perfect backdrop for a spectacular new track.
“Obviously street circuits present a number of challenges, in terms of circuit design, but we have been able to incorporate some unique features that will provide the teams and fans with fascinating racing. For example, there will be an extremely narrow uphill section at the old town wall that will reward pinpoint accuracy and courage, and we have an acceleration section of almost 2.2 kilometres along the promenade which will see the cars running flat out at very high top speeds – something that will create an incredible spectacle for the race fans on track and the viewers at home.”
All around great guy and F1 fan, Keith at F1 Fanatic, even took a pen to a map and drew out the street circuit layout for everyone to see here. Nice job Keith! Given that in promoting the event, F1 hasn’t given any pictures or maps for us to share with you. The enterprising and terrific Keith completed the legwork and did the heavy lifting for them. Thanks mate.