Azerbaijan Grand Prix Facts & Stats

The first Grand Prix of Azerbaijan was hosted at the Baku City Circuit in 2016, the city track, located in the country’s capital, is 6 km long and was designed by architect Hermann Tilke.

The Baku City Circuit raised the game of Formula 1 tracks when it debuted in 2016. It is a 6.003-kilometer (3.730-mile), 20-turn street course which drivers describe as “a mixture of Monza and Monaco.”

Cars blast down two enormously long straights in a dumbbell-shaped layout that runs counterclockwise. The two main straights include a 2.2-kilometer (1.367-mile) stretch along the promenade and a one-kilometre (.621-mile) stretch that takes drivers away from Azadliq Square.

The Herman Tilke-designed track blends old and new amid these fast straights and slow corners. It winds through a modern, Eastern side where swank hotels and high-end shops reside, to a historic area where the streets are narrow and steep before returning to the main straight.

A sharp left turn greets drivers at the end of that straight, not too dissimilarly from the Tilke-designed Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, home to the United States Grand Prix. It’s a unique and challenging layout that is augmented by Baku’s notorious winds, which are always prevalent. In fact, City of Winds is the unofficial, but literary, name for Baku. (Source: Haas F1 Team)

Track Information

  • Lap distance: 6.003 km. Total distance: 306.049km (51 laps)
  • 2017 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes One minute 40.593 seconds
  • 2017 winner: Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull
  • Race lap record: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:43.441 (2017)
  • Start time: 1210 GMT (1610 local)

Race Victories

  • Hamilton has 62 victories from 211 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel has 49.
  • Ferrari have won 231 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 76 and Red Bull 56. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

Pole Position

  • Hamilton has a record 73 career poles. Vettel has 52.
  • Max Verstappen, at 20 years old, can become the youngest ever pole sitter this season. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days.

Podium

Hamilton has 119 career podiums and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155). Vettel has 101, Kimi Raikkonen 93.

Championship Points

  • Hamilton holds the all-time Formula One record of 28 successive scoring finishes and can make it 29 this weekend.
  • Three drivers on the grid have yet to score points in their F1 careers: Rookies Charles Leclerc (Sauber) and Sergey Sirotkin(Williams) and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

  • The race first appeared on the calendar in 2016, as the European Grand Prix. The name changed last year, when the race was held in June.
  • Ricciardo is the only current driver to have won there, with now retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg taking the inaugural victory for Mercedes.
  • Azerbaijan and France’s Le Castellet, returning for the first time in 28 years, are the only tracks on the current calendar where Hamilton has yet to win.
  • The Baku track is the second longest on the calendar after Spa-Francorchamps, and one of the fastest. The 2.1km straight is the longest of the season.

Milestone

  • Champions Mercedes have gone three races without a win for the first time since the V6 turbo hybrid era started in 2014.
  • Red Bull can take their 150th podium finish on Sunday.
  • Vettel can take his 50th win.