Advice on buying tickets to the 2017 Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit on June 23-25.
Images courtesy Baku City Circuit.
The second running of an F1 race on the streets of Baku will now be known as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (rather than the somewhat misleading European Grand Prix) and a new date has been found for 2017 that does not clash with the 24 hours of Le Mans. Baku is a fascinating blend of the old and new, and circuit designer Hermann Tilke has included plenty of the city’s landmarks in the interesting layout of the Baku City Circuit. Tickets are relatively affordable by international standards with 3-day grandstands available for under €100. The organizers are also offering early-bird discounts of up to 30% until January 31, 2017.
2017 Azerbaijan F1 Tickets (3-days)
|Grandstand||Early-Bird Price||Regular Price|
|Mugham / Sahil||€164||€219|
|Icheri Sheher / Giz Galasi||€115||€164|
|Bulvar / Khazar||€104||€137|
2017 Azerbaijan F1 roaming tickets (single days)
|Day||Price in EUR|
Need to know
- 3-day children’s tickets (aged under 15) are available in the Bulvar and Khazar grandstands, priced at €71 before January 31 (normal price €96).
- Large screen TVs are available for fans seated in all grandstands
- Only the main grandstand opposite the pits is covered. All other grandstands are open to the elements.
- There are no 3-day General Admission tickets: roaming tickets are only available as single day tickets. If you like the freedom to walk around, buy the cheapest grandstand tickets in Filarmoniya, which still have access to all spectator zones.
We will be the first to admit that our intelligence is limited for this new circuit. As with other street circuits, views are generally limited to at most one or two corners. Here’s some general ticket buying advice for Baku:
- Interested in the pits action, start and finish? Go for a seat in the most expensive Absheron (Main) grandstand, which is also covered.
- Try to get a seat in a higher row of your chosen grandstand if you don’t want the catch fencing interrupting your views.
- The pricing of the grandstands normally provides decent guidance on which will provide the best views. After the Main grandstand, the second best is Azneft overlooking turn 16. Special mention for the cheaper Icheri Sheher grandstand, which is located at the exit of the tricky series of turns near the old city walls (see pictures of both grandstands above).
- Two sections of the track (between turns 6-7 and 19-20) use the same section of road, so you can see both sections when you are seated in the Mughum, Sahil, Boulevard & Khazar grandstands near these sections.
- Some fans complained about trees restricting the views from the Sahil grandstand in 2016
- The grandstand seats are black and can get really hot in the sun! Bring along a towel or something to cover your seat.