FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2022
Time and Location
12 June, 4:00 am – 6:00 am GMT-7
Baku City Circuit, 9VF3+577, Zarifa Aliyeva, Bakı, Azerbaijan
The first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in Azerbaijan was the 2016 European Grand Prix, which took place at the Baku City Circuit. A year later, in 2017, the same venue hosted the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The race was held on 25 June and was one of five races to be held on a street circuit during the 2017 Formula One season, along with the Singapore, Monaco, Australian and Canadian Grands Prix. The first Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner was Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull. The 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix took place on 29 April as the 4th round of the season and was won by Lewis Hamilton.
The 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was held on 28 April as the 4th round of the season. In March 2020, the 2020 race was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before being cancelled later in the year. The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix featured as the 6th round of the season.
The Baku City Circuit is a mixture of wide and open and tight and twisty. The lonnnnng main straight along the Baku shoreline is a slipstreaming mecca, and with cars able to run three abreast into Turn 1, the action often looks more IndyCar than F1. However from there, the track loops around into the city’s narrow, winding Icheri Sheher old town, dramatically wending past Baku’s medieval city walls. As in Monaco, slightest mistakes are punished quickly and severely, while set-up wise, the teams are forced to choose between downforce for the twisty bits and less drag for the straight.
No Formula One driver has ever won in Baku twice so far, although the race was won twice by Mercedes (2018 and 2019) and Red Bull (2017 and 2021).
Most Successful Driver(s)
Sergio Perez (2021)