Your trackside guide to the Baku City Circuit and the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix. The second edition of the race is on June 23-25, 2017.
This guide will be updated with more information, including the full on-track schedule and other details of the race and entertainment program for 2017 in the weeks leading up to the race.
Fans reported friendly and helpful trackside workers at the Baku City Circuit in 2016, but also complained about a lack of organization (toilets out of order, not enough rubbish bins). The voucher system for buying trackside food was also a source of frustration. That’s the benefit in going to the second edition of a new race, where the organizers have hopefully learned from their mistakes and taken steps to improve the fan experience!
- Although the full on-track schedule has not yet been announced for 2017, the good news is that Formula 2 (ex-GP2) will be returning to Baku this year. Unlike the sedate F1 race last year, the GP2 races was memorable for lots of thrills and spills.
- Six access gates provide circuit access for fans (see map). Most of the grandstands and off-track activities are located on the southern side of the circuit, closest to the waterfront boulevard (or Bulvar)
- The 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be held during the summer solstice, the longest days of the year. Sunrise is at 05:13 and sunset is at 20:14
Baku F1 timetable
Friday, June 23
- 13:00-14:30: Formula 1 free practice 1
- 17:00-18:30: Formula 1 free practice 2
Saturday, June 24
- 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 free practice 3
- 17:00-18:00: Formula 1 qualifying
Sunday, June 25
- 17:00-19:00: 2017 Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix
Driver’s Autograph Sessions
Last year, autograph sessions were held with the F1 drivers over the course of the weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. The top teams (Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes) sessions were held on Thursday. All teams were allocated 20 minus apiece, though some fans complained that a few sessions were cut short, and they had to queue for a long time in the sun without any shade. The sessions are held on the F1 Village stage behind the main grandstand.
Details of this year’s concerts have yet to be confirmed, but you can reasonably expect some big names. Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Chris Brown headlined in 2016. Although fans reported a good crowd last year, it was easy to get close to the main stage. The concert area is located on the waterfront boulevard near the Bulvar grandstand (see map).
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How to get to Baku for the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix, plus advice on getting around in the city. This year’s race takes place on June 23-25, 2017.