Baku circuit ‘will be ready’ says Race Director Charlie Whiting


Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting insists the Baku Street Circuit, which plays host to the European Grand Prix this June, will be ready on time for its debut race.

Whiting visited the Azerbaijan circuit to inspect its progress as it readies itself for its debut event, and after careful inspection, believes officials are on course to get the track completed ready for Formula 1 to race before teams are scheduled to race there across the weekend of June 17-19.

“The Circuit will be ready,” insisted Whiting. “You can see the quality of all the installations wherever you look. My next trip to Baku will be at the beginning of June and I’m expecting to be able to say it will be ready then!

“It will be a fascinating F1 race. Turns 8 to 12 will probably be the most interesting but so will the run from Turn 12 to 15, where the approach to Turn 15 in particular will be quite spectacular.

“The very long run from Turn 16 to 20, which is going to be flat out, will also be amazing to watch! If I had to compare one circuit to this one, it would be Singapore, but the speed here will be much higher!”

Whiting believes fans should come and visit the circuit and the country, feeling it would be a great experience for everyone, and that the European Grand Prix will be an ‘unique event’ on the Formula 1 calendar.

“I would say to anyone thinking of coming here, you definitely should – it’s a lovely city,” said Whiting. “I’ve been here several times now and have always experienced great hospitality from all the people I meet here. It’s going to be a truly unique event!”

Video courtesy of Baku Street Circuit.