Baku City Circuit
Of the many new races added to F1’s ever-expanding roster in recent years, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix sure is a keeper. And being close enough to be accessible to a European audience while retaining an exotic allure has steadily boosted its popularity among racegoers.
The Baku Street Circuit, threading its way through the old town of Baku and skirting its ancient fortress walls, has a charm and character that is truly unique. Facades of lavish European-style buildings, glowing golden in the late afternoon sun, make for a stunning backdrop.
But it’s not just the setting that has earned the Azerbaijan Grand Prix the seal of approval. Baku has maintained a reputation for thrilling races, which, like the circuit, are filled with twists and turns.
Despite being impossibly narrow in places, overtaking is common in Baku. The unusually long 2.2km main straight sees cars going three or four abreast. Elsewhere on the track, it’s not uncommon for cars to duel for position inches from the barriers.
Away from the track, Azerbaijan has a conservative culture and is not the destination of choice for nightlife and partying. However, Baku is the perfect Formula 1 getaway for lovers, and culture lovers alike.
Amongst gorgeous architecture are tree-lined boulevards, exclusive boutiques and sprawling bazaars to explore. In the evening, alongside the shimmering Caspian Sea, the promenade invites a leisurely stroll.
If you’re looking for an F1 trip that promises exciting racing and an exotic destination at an affordable price, Baku could be for you.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Spectator Tips
- Take advantage of the free shuttle bus to and from the nightly concert for F1 fans.
- Read up about do’s and don’t before you go – for instance taking pictures of certain government buildings can land you in hot water.
- Azerbaijan is famous for its hand-woven carpets. Have fun haggling for one at Icheri Sheher (Old City) shops.
Weather & ClimateBaku Weather
Move over Chicago, Baku was the original windy city, the name meaning literally ‘city where the wind blows’. Rain is uncommon at this time of year but it can get cold sitting still in the grandstands. Fun fact: the average annual temperature of Baku is equal to the global average temperature.
I’m Danny, an incurable Formula 1 fan for over 30 years and founder of The F1 Spectator. My aim is to inform and inspire, arming you with helpful tips and advice for your next F1 trip.