It was announced yesterday that the organisers of the European Grand Prix (which will take place in Azerbaijan), have confirmed that the inaugural race around the streets of capital city Baku is set to begin in the evening.
Azerbaijan has been given a June 19 slot for the 2016 season which clashes with the Le Mans 24 Hours. But the Grand Prix itself will begin at 18:00, just as the endurance race concludes.
With the sunset in Baku takes place at 21:14 on race date, which means there is not a four-hour daylight window; which was recommended following Jules Bianchi’s ultimately fatal accident at Suzuka in 2014.
However, officials have dismissed such concerns, stating “the three-hour window between the start of the race and sunset will allow drivers enough time to race through the streets of Baku during daylight.”
In a list of 2016 start times, published by UK broadcaster Sky Sports, the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix remain as twilight races, with the Singapore Grand Prix the sole night race.