Hermann Tilke may be responsible for the route of the Baku circuit but it is the streets of the Azerbaijan capital that have given him the canvas on which to work.
With Bernie Ecclestone agreeing a deal to race in Baku, famed F1 circuit designer Tilke was called upon to set out the layout for the six kilometre anti-clockwise street circuit.
The track, which he says will be a “challenging street circuit in terms of engineering and design”, will start adjacent to Azadliq Square before looping around Government House and then heading west to Maiden Tower.
An “extremely narrow uphill section at the old town wall that will reward pinpoint accuracy and courage” has been incorporated as well as an acceleration section of almost 2.2 kilometres along Neftchilar Avenue which will see the cars running flat out before heading back to the start/finish line. The Neftchilar Avenue straight will be the longest on the F1 calendar.
The circuit is made up of 20 corners but despite that the track is expected to be very fast with an estimated average speed of 200 km/h with a top speed of 340 km/h.
Directions: Road transport is the way to go in Baku for any fans arriving at the local Heydar Aliyev International Airport, which is 20km northeast of the capital. Hire a car, take a bus or a taxi to make your way to the capital and thus the circuit.
Circuit name: Baku City Circuit
Circuit Length: 6.006 km
Lap Record: n/a