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Bernie suggests Azerbaijan race

Wednesday 05-March-2014 08:50

According to a report in the British media, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is interested in bringing the sport to Azerbaijan, with a Baku street race set to join the calendar in 2015 or 2016.

In the report by the Daily Mail, former Renault Team Principal Flavio Briatore is expected to be at the centre of the bid to bring a Grand Prix to the streets of Azerbaijan's capital.

Although Ecclestone was unable to confirm a date for the proposed race, the 83-year-old was adamant that a race would be brought to Baku.

"We're going to Azerbaijan," Ecclestone is quoted by the Daily Mail.

"The people out there (in Azerbaijan) are talking about holding a race in 2015.

That may be a bit soon - unless it's at the end of the season, that's a possibility. But 2016 is more likely."

Where exactly in the calendar the proposed race in Baku is likely to be scheduled remains unclear.

Considering that the Austrian Grand Prix has already been added, and the inaugural Russian GP has already been confirmed, a possible race in Azerbaijan would mean next year's calendar could include as many 22 Grands Prix.

With New Jersey's Grand Prix of America delayed until 2015 atleast, and the Indian Grand Prix expected to receive an early-season slot, the race schedule could look considerably different in the next couple of years.

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