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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