Mercedes-Benz in Baku
Azerbaijan has hosted Formula 1 since 2016. Architect Hermann Tilke again went to work, designing a 6.006-km street circuit in the capital city of Baku. The track is the second-longest on the calendar after Spa-Francorchamps.
Drivers are treated to a very special tour of the city while lapping the Baku Street Circuit. The track layout leads past famous sights like the Maiden Tower, passes around the historic old town and ends with a two-kilometre section along the beach promenade. The pits are directly in front of the Government House building.
The circuit features the 90-degree bends now obligatory for street racetracks. A lap here starts with three left-handers before turning right at 90 degrees. A short straight section is followed by a left-right chicane. Two more straights, split by a right-hander, lead to a short sequence of four narrow turns bearing a strong resemblance to the circuit in Mexico.
The remainder of the track is less exciting. Also, the corners are nowhere near as tight. After Turn 16, there are in theory four more turns which can be taken at full throttle. A two-kilometre section, also taken at full-throttle, then awaits drivers.
As the circuit is not a permanent race track, grip, or the lack of it, plays an important role. The track must first be rubbered in. Having plenty of mechanical grip is also important in this respect so that drivers can power out of the 90-degree corners. Last but not least, engine power is also a decisive factor at Baku, especially in view of the long straight towards the end of the lap.
|Silver Arrows||Mercedes-Benz Power|
|Front Row Starts||1||1|
|Circiut Lenght||6.006 km|
|Race Distance||306.306 km|
|Record Holder||ROS (2016)|
|Distance from Pole to Turn One Apex||330 m|
|Pit Lane Length Under Speed Limit Control||390 m|
|Braking Events||9 (1 Heavy)|
|Track Evolution (P1-Qualifying)||High|