The street circuit which will host Azerbaijan’s first grand prix in the 2016 F1 season has been revealed.
The track in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, which is an anti-clockwise layout, was designed by Hermann Tilke. The race will have the title of European Grand Prix.
Baku’s seaside promenade and government buildings will provide the backdrop to the race in a city which is home to 2.1 million people.
Tilke told the official Formula One website the track will have some “unique features” incorporated into its design.
“For example, there will be an extremely narrow uphill section at the old town wall that will reward pinpoint accuracy and courage,” he said.
“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.”
The city is hosting a GT race for the second time this year in November on a different circuit to the south of the proposed Formula One track.
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