After a disappointing race last year the Baku City Circuit reappears, this time as the Azerbaijan GP rather than the European GP.
Each lap of the track is a mammoth 6.003km, shorter only than the 7.004km of Spa Francorchamps. After 51 laps of (hopefully) racing, the total distance is 306.153km with 20 corners per lap. Some people will incorrectly claim that the circuit has a 2.2km long straight, these people are wrong. The actual “straight” is 1.2km, or 1.6km with one minor kink. The 2.2km long section is flat out, but it is not a straight by any definition of the word.
As there has only been one previous race at the track there aren’t really very many stats to give, especially as the race had Rosberg on pole, Rosberg fastest lap, Rosberg win and every single lap led by, you guessed it, Rosberg. However his retirement does mean that a new winner in Azerbaijan is guaranteed, the only question is will the car be silver or red?
Last year Vettel finished in second and Perez in third, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see both of them up there again, Force India are generally very good on these kinds of track. More points could be on the cards for rookie Lance Stroll too, after debut points at his home grand prix he will be hungry for more and the Williams should perform well.
The Silly Stats
I know very little about Azerbaijan, but apparently the Karabakh horse is the national animal of Azerbaijan, one of those horses could run a lap of the Baku City Circuit in 6:29.664