Tilke: Baku set to be fastest street circuit in F1

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Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke believes that the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan will be the fastest street course on the series’ calendar when it hosts the European Grand Prix in June.

It was confirmed in July 2014 that Azerbaijan would be joining the F1 calendar, playing host to the first European Grand Prix since 2012.

Preparations have been going to plan ahead of the race on June 19, with a video preview of the track being released last month.

Speaking to the circuit’s official website, Tilke said that he thinks it will be one of the most unique and quickest layouts on the calendar.

“There is no track like Baku City Circuit – it will be one of the most exciting ones on the calendar,” Tilke said.

“Baku, of course, is not comparable with any of the permanent circuits, because it is a city circuit. But even when compared to city circuits, Baku is unique.

“Baku City Circuit is expected be the fastest street circuit on the F1 calendar. We calculated a lap time of 101 seconds, but that depends on the individual set-up of the racing cars and on the developments of this year’s new cars.”

Tilke confirmed that the circuit is on-track to be ready for the race, with paddock speculation previously suggesting that it was behind schedule.

“We constantly collaborate with the Baku City Circuit team. We are pleased to work with such amazing colleagues. The atmosphere between all participants is just great,” Tilke said.

“The entire team will work until the last minute, but everything is currently on time.”

The European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan will take place on June 19.