The Baku City Circuit is a temporary course around the streets of Azerbaijan’s capital which held its first Formula 1 race in 2016. The race carried the title of European Grand Prix in its first season, then became the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017.
Unlike most street tracks, the Baku City Circuit is extremely fast in places. The drivers are flat-out for over two kilometres in the run from turn 16 to the pit straight.
The race did not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It returned to the calendar the following year, but was held ‘behind closed doors’ without fans present.
|Lap length||6.003km (3.73 miles)|
|Race distance||306.051km (190.171 miles)|
|Pole position||Right-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’43.009 (Charles Leclerc, 2019)|
|Fastest lap||1’40.495 (Valtteri Bottas, 2019, qualifying three)|
|Maximum speed||337kph (209.402 mph)|
|Distance from grid to turn one||137.8m|
|DRS zone one||Detection at Safety Car Line Two before turn two, activation 54 metres after turn two|
|DRS zone two||Detection at turn 20 before turn two, activation 347 metres after turn 20|
|Longest flat-out section||2010m|
|Gear changes per lap||78|
|Pit lane time loss||16.5s|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes
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