Baku to the future as Azerbaijan hosts street race from 2016

Azerbaijan has confirmed that it will host the European Grand Prix from 2016, rather than next year, as had been mooted.

Plans for an F1 street race in Baku, which has hosted GT events, were first made public in March this year.

“I am delighted to officially announce that we have signed a contract to bring Formula One racing to Baku in 2016,” said minister for youth and sport, Azad Rahimov. “The deal to bring Formula One racing to Baku is a very significant new chapter in our ongoing success to attract the world’s largest sporting events to our country.”

Baku hosted a non-championship GT street race in 2012, organised by the Berlin-based City Challenge organisation. Last year it was the venue of the final round of the FIA GT championship, utilising a longer 4.3kms track.

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