Formula 1 boss says Azerbaijan GP likely to happen

FIA GT3 street race in Baku

FIA GT3 street race in Baku

Almost a year ago, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone declared that there are plans afoot for a race in Baku, a place few had heard of in the world of motorsport.

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former soviet state at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, and now, London’s Times has quoted the Formula 1 Chief Executive as saying that the city could be on the annual calendar as soon as next year.

“They are talking about 2015,” said Ecclestone. “That may be a bit soon unless it is the end of the season. That is a possibility but 2016 is more likely.”

The Daily Mail reports that former team boss Flavio Briatore is brokering the deal.

The FIA GT3 Baku World Challenge has been run on a temporary street circuit through the city, in 2012 and 2013. (GMM)

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  • karlich

    The Guardian reports that Bernie has already signed a deal for 2015 and 2016. I must say, personally I am not too keen on more GP’s in such elusive places with little or no context of F1 or new Tilke circuits. But hey, Bernie’s da man, just would have hoped he’d use that stack of cash he’s got to sanitize some classic GP tracks and leave behind a legacy of good before he goes :-P