From 17 to 19 June, the Baku city circuit in Azerbaijan will host the 8th round of the 2016 Formula 1 season.
Designed by architect Hermann Tilke, it is the 2nd longest track on the 2016 World Championship calendar. The track, never before used by Formula 1 cars, winds through some of the most picturesque streets of Baku.
From the straight stretch that leads across the finish line, the 1.5 km track runs anticlockwise, brushing up against the walls of the old city, considered by Unesco to be a heritage of humanity. The most demanding part of the track is the section that starts from turns 7 and 8, sections where the width closes down to 7.6 metres. The new asphalt was spread over the cobbled streets.
According to the Brembo engineers, who have classified the 21 tracks in the Championship on a scale from 1 to 10, the Baku circuit falls under the category of medium demanding tracks for brakes. The Azerbaijan track earned a difficulty index of 7, identical to the value that the other city circuits of Monaco and Montreal have achieved.