Later this week, the organisers of the Grand Prix of Europe have released on-board footage of a lap around the Baku City Circuit which hosts its inaugural F1 race later this month.
Azerbaijan joined the calendar this year, making the season a record 21 races long. The 6.006km circuit is the second longest on the calendar behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Azerbaijani driver Gulhuseyn Abdullayev took an old GP3 car around the circuit to offer the first proper glimpse of the tight and twisty venue.
Speaking about the circuit, the driver who drove around the circuit said the following:-
‘Baku City Circuit consists of a combination of both slow and fast turns. In general, this track has a very unique layout. Unlike other street tracks, Baku City Circuit has a sufficient width as well.
‘Turns 8 -10 around Qosha Qala gates were particularly very interesting. I believe we will witness breathtaking moments during the race. In fact, driving through those turns is not easy at all. The track was free for now, and did not require much effort from me, but during the race when there will be racing cars and slow moving drivers around or any incidents it will present a serious driving challenge.
‘I liked this track very much. If allowed, I would drive even a longer distance. In general, Baku City Circuit does not fall behind of other street circuits, I would say it even exceeds other street tracks. Therefore, I believe all Formula 1 drivers look forward to racing at this track soon and they will be delighted to drive at this circuit.’
Azerbaijan’s debut race will be held on June 19.