Need to Know: 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

After two action packed races in recent seasons, expectations are high as Formula 1 heads to Baku for the fourth round of the 2019 season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend on April 26-28, 2019!

Formula 1 first headed to the oil-rich country of Azerbaijan in 2016 and, despite a nondescript first race, the event has become a fan favourite in recent seasons thanks to some chaotic Sunday afternoons. Baku is bursting with culture, and with both ancient and modern sectors of the city, there’s plenty to take in all around the local area. In a new initiative, Azerbaijan Grand Prix organisers are hosting group tours of the city from Thursday to Sunday. You can find more information about the tours here. Be sure to make the most of your visit by checking out the best tourist attractions in the city, which we’ve rounded up in Off-Track Activities.

With the Baku City Circuit being located in the heart of Baku, you’re likely to be able to walk to the track each day for the on-track action. If not, you can find all the information you need about Baku’s public transport and other ways to get around the city here. If you’re looking for more sporting action, the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup will be taking place in Baku’s National Gymnastics Arena over the Grand Prix weekend.

Heading to Azerbaijan for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

While Azerbaijan remains one of the least-attended races of the season, ticket sales increased last year by 31.6%. Though the race is one of the cheapest to attend for those travelling from afar, the event is one of the most expensive in relative terms for the local residents, for whom tickets cost over 50% of the average monthly wage.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!

What to look forward to at the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku has gained a reputation for hosting dramatic races. For both of the last two visits, the race has provided key moments of the season – such as Sebastian Vettel losing his cool and driving into Lewis Hamilton in 2017, and the Red Bull team-mates colliding in 2018. Nico Rosberg’s win in 2016 remains the only time a race at the Baku City Circuit has been won from pole, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the Grand Prix.

Formula 2 will also be in action over the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend, with the feeder series’ races usually being just as action packed (if not more so!) than the F1 races. Need to get up to speed on F2? Read our guide to the series on sister site GPDestinations.com.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page. You can expect friendly trackside workers to give you assistance if needed. Aside from the on-track action, there will also be a range of concerts over the weekend. Baku’s Elektra Hall will host four concerts, with the biggest names being Robin Schulz (on Saturday) and Lost Frequencies (on Sunday), while the Crystal Hall will be headlined by Sam Smith after qualifying and Cardi B after Sunday’s Grand Prix.

If you’re not in Baku for this year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by finding the best hotels available and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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  1. Jennifer yalcinkaya says:

    My apartment block is inside the circuit. What provision is made to get to the gate I need to use

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