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  • April 29, 2018
  • 4:10pm (local time)
Location Baku
Circuit Length 6003 km
Laps 51
Race Distance 306.051 km
Lap Record 1:43.441 – S. Vettel (2017)
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Race & Circuit Information

Circuit Characteristics

Circuit Length 6.003 km
Race Laps 51
Race Distance 306.049 km
Lap Record 1:43.441
Record Holder VET (2017)
Number of Corners 20 (12 Left / 8 Right)
Pit Lane Length Under Speed Limit Control 390 m
Pit Lane Time at 80 km/h 23.4 s
Distance from Pole to Turn 1 Apex 280 m
Highest Lateral G 3.8 (T19)
% of Lap / Lap Distance at Full Throttle 49% / 51%
Fuel Consumption High
Brake Energy High
Braking Events 9 (1 Heavy)
Track Evolution (P1 - Qualifying) High
Tyre Compounds 2018 Soft, Supersoft, Ultrasoft
DRS Zone T2-3 / 20-1
Key Overtaking Opportunities T1 / 3

2018 Information - Timetable

Session Local Time Brackley Stuttgart
Practice 1 - Friday 13:00 10:00 11:00
Practice 2 - Friday 17:00 14:00 15:00
Practice 3 - Saturday 14:00 11:00 12:00
Qualifying - Saturday 17:00 14:00 15:00
Race - Sunday 16:10 13:10 14:10
Mercedes-Benz at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Azerbaijan is one of the newest additions to the Formula 1 calendar, hosting a race since 2016. Architect Hermann Tilke again went to work, designing a 6.003-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 track, with the layout passing famous sights such as the Maiden Tower, passes the historic old town and 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 and the corners are nowhere near as tight and twisty. After Turn 16, there are in theory four more turns, but they can all 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
Wins 1 1
Podiums 2 4
Pole Positions 2 2
Front Row Starts 3 3
Fastest Laps 1 1
Starts 2 2

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