European Grand Prix (Baku) preview statistics

Baku Street Circuit

Reuters compiled statistics for the European Grand Prix, Round 8 of the 2016 Formula 1 world championship, and the first to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

  • No previous race in Baku
  • Baku City Circuit: length 6.001km. 20 corners (12 left, eight right). Total distance: 306.51 km (51 laps)
  • Start time: 1300 GMT (1700 local)
  • Champions Mercedes have won 38 of the last 45 races and six of this season’s seven.
  • After Canada, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has 45 career victories. The Briton is third in the all-time lists and three wins ahead of Ferrari’s four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel.
  • Seven-times champion Michael Schumacher holds the record of 91, with Alain Prost on 51.
  • McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has 32 wins, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen 20, Nico Rosberg 18 and McLaren’s Jenson Button 15.
  • Championship leader Rosberg, winner of the first four races of the season, has more victories than any other non-champion in the history of the sport.
  • Ferrari have won 224 races in total, McLaren 182, Williams 114, while Red Bull and Mercedes are level on 51. McLaren last won in 2012 (Brazil).
  • Mercedes have been on pole in 42 of the last 45 races and all but one of this season’s grands prix.
  • Daniel Ricciardo’s pole for Red Bull in Monaco was the first of his F1 career.
  • Hamilton has 53 career poles, Vettel 46.
  • The Sauber and Manor teams have yet to score in 2016. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez have also yet to open their accounts.
  • Baku is the newest venue on the calendar but the floating ‘European Grand Prix’ designation has been used 22 times before.
  • The first was at Brands Hatch in 1983, to distinguish that race from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
  • In 1984, it was given to the race at the Nuerburgring in Germany.
  • Britain’s Donington Park hosted a famous 1993 European Grand Prix, with the late Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna dominating in the wet in one of his finest drives.
  • Jerez hosted it in 1994 and 1997 while Valencia, also in Spain, was the home of the European GP between 2008-12.
  • The circuit is the first anti-clockwise layout of the season and second longest after Spa.
  • The 2.1 km straight down to turn one is the longest on the calendar and cars will reach a top speed of 340 km per hour, the fastest Formula One has ever gone on a street circuit.
  • Turn Eight provides a notable feature, the slowest corner running close to the city’s medieval wall and with the track narrowing to the width of two cars.
  • “I’ve already driven the track on the simulator and there’s certainly a lot that makes it unique — medieval walls close to the edge of the newly-laid asphalt, anti-clockwise corners, minimal run-off,” says McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
  • “It seems to have all of the ingredients to give us a bit of drama and the prospect of exciting racing.”
  • Hamilton has now led 88 grands prix, more than anyone but Schumacher (142).
  • The Briton has also now led 2,526 laps during his F1 career.