Baku City Circuit gets first test run ahead of inaugural F1 race

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The Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan has enjoyed its first test run ahead of its inaugural Formula 1 race later this month.

The European Grand Prix will take place on June 19 in Baku on what is set to become the fastest street circuit in F1.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting will have one final visit to the track ahead of the race, but has already given the track his seal of approval.

As part of the build-up to the race, Azerbaijani racer Gulhuseyn Abdullayev completed a run in a GP3 car at the Baku City Circuit last Sunday, and was impressed by the challenge it poses.

“Baku City Circuit consists of a combination of both slow and fast turns. In general, this track has a very unique layout. Unlike other street tracks, Baku City Circuit has a sufficient width as well,” Abdullayev said.

“Turns 8-10 around Qosha Qala gates were particularly very interesting. I believe we will witness breathtaking moments during the race. In fact, driving through those turns is not easy at all.

“The track was free for now, and did not require much effort from me, but during the race when there will be racing cars and slow moving pilots around or any incidents it will present a serious driving challenge for pilots.

“I liked this track very much. If allowed, I would drive even a longer distance. In general, Baku City Circuit does not fall behind of other street circuits, I would say it is even exceeds other street tracks. Therefore, I believe all Formula 1 drivers look forward to racing at this track soon and they will be very delighted to drive at this circuit.

“Driving in Baku gives me a special feeling. Since my childhood, I have always dreamed of having a track in Azerbaijan; either a street track or a permanent circuit, so I could drive. Today, my childhood dream has come true. So, I am very happy!”

The Baku City Circuit will host both F1 and GP2 from June 17-19.