2016 Track Preview; European Grand Prix; Baku

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India also managed to score points in the race as well.

The Baku City Circuit is a street circuit in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. It is scheduled to host the Formula 1 Baku European Grand Prix in June 2016. The race will be held shortly after Baku hosts the inaugural European Games multi-sports event. The city has hosted sports-car racing on a street circuit every year since 2012 but this will be Azerbaijan’s first Formula 1 race. Azerbaijan is the second ex-Soviet country to hold an F1 race after the Russian Grand Prix in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The race will be held on a temporary street circuit around Baku and incorporate its medieval old city, modern skyline and a view across the Caspian Sea. The pits and start-finish straight will be at the Azadliq Square (Freedom Square). The driving direction is anti-clockwise. The city circuit is 6 kilometers long and features 20 turns, 8 turns to right and 12 to left. A 2.2 kilometers stretch along Neftchilar Avenue will be the longest straight on the F1 calendar. The track is expected to be very fast with an estimated average speed of 200 km/h and a top speed of 340 km/h.

Here are the facts and figures heading into the race weekend…

Facts and Figures

  • The first European GP was held in 1983 at the Brands Hatch circuit
  • The race has been ran 22 times until this year
  • Five different venues have held the GP over the years- Brands Hatch, Valencia, Donington, Jerez and Nurburgring
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the event with six wins
  • Ferrari is the most successful constructor at the event with seven wins
  • Fernando Alonso is the most successful driver at the event with three wins

Winners from last 5 European Grand Prix:-

  • 2008- Felipe Massa
  • 2009- Rubens Barrichello
  • 2010- Sebastian Vettel
  • 2011-Sebastian Vettel
  • 2012-Fernando Alonso

My top five finishers of the European Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the European Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Daniel Ricciardo

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieve in the first seven Grand Prixs, I believe that Rosberg will want to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he maintain the lead of the championship that he has even though his performance in Canada last week wasn’t what we all expected.

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend and regain the gap that Rosberg has over him while maintain the championship gap over to Sebastian Vettel who I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this year; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently. And finally, I believe that Raikkonen and Ricciardo could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and Channel Four also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 9.45pm and 1.45pm, [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 10.45pm and 1.00pm, [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 1.30pm
  • Channel Four- Friday (Practice 1) 9.55am, Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 10.55am and 1pm, Sunday (Race) 1pm

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