Track layout unveiled for 2016 European GP in Azerbaijan

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A seaside street course will await Formula One when it visits Baku, Azerbaijan for the European Grand Prix starting in 2016.

The Hermann Tilke-designed circuit was officially unveiled today in Baku as part of a press event that featured F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in attendance.

In a statement, Tilke said that his firm has created a track that “thrives on Baku’s very attractive urban atmosphere and its great combination of history and 21st century style.”

“Obviously street circuits present a number of challenges, in terms of circuit design, but we have been able to incorporate some unique features that will provide the teams and fans with fascinating racing,” he continued.

“For example, there will be an extremely narrow uphill section at the old town wall that will reward pinpoint accuracy and courage, and we have an acceleration section of almost 2.2 kilometers along the promenade which will see the cars running flat out at very high top speeds – something that will create an incredible spectacle for the race fans on track and the viewers at home.”

Azerbaijan was confirmed this past July to be joining the F1 calendar in two years’ time. A date for the event has not yet been announced.