If there’s one thing Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone won’t turn down, it’s a country willing to offer up enormous funds for the privilege of hosting a Grand Prix.
Add Azerbaijan to that list.
In comments made to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, and with possible help coming from former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore, Ecclestone said Azerbaijan will be on an F1 calendar in either 2015 or 2016.
“We’re going to Azerbaijan,” Ecclestone told the Mail. “The people out there (in Azerbaijan) are talking about holding a race in 2015. That may be a bit soon — unless it’s at the end of the season, that’s a possibility. But 2016 is more likely.”
The streets of Baku would hold the race, and it actually wouldn’t be a first for the capital city. The Baku World Challenge has occurred there over the last two years, featuring GT racing. An FIA GT event highlight video from Baku is linked here.
Additionally in the Mail report, it said Ecclestone remains hopeful of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi occurring later this year, despite the current turmoil there given the political unrest as it relates to Ukraine.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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