Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023: most important facts and stats
After a month-long break, Formula 1 bursts back into life with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the first F1 Sprint of the season will also take place, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting AzerTac.
Since debuting in 2016, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has proved itself one of the best races of the Formula 1 season.
Friday’s running will feature an opening practice session and qualifying hour to set the grid for the main Grand Prix, with these outings kept apart from the Sprint offering.
First Grand Prix – 2017 (2016 as the European Grand Prix)
Track Length – 6.003km
Lap record – 1m 43.009s, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 2019
Most pole positions – Charles Leclerc (2)
Most wins – Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen (1)
Trivia – At its narrowest point (the Turn 8/9 ‘Old Town’ complex), the circuit is just 7.6 metres wide
Pole run to Turn 1 braking point – 141 metres (shortest on the calendar)
Overtakes completed in 2022 – 40
Safety Car probability – 50%
Virtual Safety Car probability – 33%
Pit stop time loss – 20.40 seconds (including 2.5s stationary)
The full schedule for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023 is as follows:
Practice 1: 13:30-14:30
Qualifying: 17:00 – 18:00
Sprint Shootout: 12:30-13:14
The first F1 race in Azerbaijan took place in 2016 under the banner of the European Grand Prix, which saw Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas clocking a new top speed for an F1 car (378km/h).
Fantastic track – cars rushing through the ancient city offers fans stunning impressions
What makes the Azerbaijan Grand Prix so unique and unpredictable is the track.
At just over 6.003km, the Baku City Circuit is the second longest circuit in F1.
It’s also F1’s fastest street circuit with drivers comfortably reaching speeds of 360km/h along the over 2km-long straight along Neftchilar Avenue, Baku city.
Moreover, many of the 20 turns are sharp, especially around Baku’s Old City, which leaves little room for error. So skill, discipline, teamwork and fortune are more important than car speed.
A stunning spectacle – an exhibition of Azerbaijan’s bustling capital
Designed by German engineer Hermann Tilke, the leading track designer in F1, the Baku City Circuit is an exhibition of Azerbaijan’s vibrant capital.
Weaving around the city centre, it takes in its wonderful contrasts of east and west, ancient and modern.
Spectators can admire the 12th-century walls of the Old City along with elegant streets like Istiglaliyyat built at the turn of the 20th century which are lined by an eclectic mix of architecture.
The long finishing straight runs parallel to the tree-filled Seaside Boulevard and passes landmarks including the mysterious Maiden Tower and Soviet-era Government House.
Azerbaijan GP race winners for previous years are as follows:
2016 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2017 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2018 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2019 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2020 – Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
2022 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
The Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 took place on June 10-12.