Trackside at Baku City Circuit – 2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Your trackside guide to Baku City Circuit & the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2024. On-track schedule, trackside attractions & post-race concerts.

After an uneventful first year – when it was known as the European Grand Prix – Baku has delivered several exciting races. The organizers have also improved the fan experience year on year after some initial teething problems, and the fan experience in Baku is now excellent. With very few international visitors for the race, you definitely won’t be facing the traffic chaos, queues and other issues faced by many fans at some of the largest races this year.

Taking a leaf out of Singapore and Abu Dhabi, Baku also puts on some big-name concerts. For several years, these were held in the Crystal Hall, where Azerbaijan hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. Since the pandemic, the concerts have moved to a temporary stage in the Fanzone on the beachfront boulevard next to the circuit. In 2023, Dutch DJs Don Diablo (Friday) and Hardwell (Saturday) performed.

Baku hosted Formula 1’s sprint format in 2023, but the format will not return for the 2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Entry to Baku City Circuit

  • Circuit Entry: You will be able to enter the circuit after scanning your e-ticket. You will receive a wristband, which will be required for re-entry on the same day.
  • Circuit Map: See above. Click here for an alternative map.
  • Access Gates: Six gates  provide access to Baku City Circuit (see map above). Most of the grandstands and off-track activities are located on the southern side of the circuit, closest to the waterfront boulevard (or Bulvar). To get around the circuit, there’s plenty of underpasses and bridges to help you cross the track. Due to road closures, it can also be quicker to use the metro to get from one part of the track to another. For example, the quickest way to get from the old town to the Fanzone is to take the Metro one stop from Icheri Sheher to Sahil.
  • Security / Prohibited Items: Fans are subject to a search and bag inspection when entering the circuit. Here is a select list of prohibited items at Baku City Circuit: alcohol, beverage containers (except for one clear plastic bottle of water: no more than 100 ml in size), food (excluding baby food), photo cameras with lenses exceeding 30 cm, any seating devices (chairs, stools), flags with handles exceeding 1m or with offensive texts/symbols/images, picnic hampers. Click here for more information.

Baku City Circuit: Need to Know

  • Post-Race Track Invasion: After the race on Sunday, it is normally possible to enter the track for the podium ceremony (the so-called ‘track invasion). Track gates are opened in the F1 Fanzone (Purple Zone) near the Absheron Grandstand.
  • Fanzones: The entertainment areas at Baku City Circuit are divided into several zones. The main F1 Fanzone (Purple Zone) is located behind the Absheron Grandstand on the start/finish straight, close to the seafront boulevard known as the ‘Bulvar’. There is no physical separation between the zones, so it’s possible to visit all of them. Learn more on the circuit website.
  • Event Guide: Download a comprehensive event guide and map for the 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Schedule

  • On-Track Schedule: The full timetable of on-track action won’t be released until 4-6 weeks before race weekend. F1 session times are confirmed for 2024 and listed in the provisional schedule below.
  • Sprint Race: Baku is NOT one of the six circuits to host F1’s sprint race format in 2024
  • Support Categories: Formula 2 is the only support category at the 2024 Azerbaijan GP
  • Fanzone Opening/Closing Times: To be confirmed for 2024. Times from 2023 are listed below. The Fanzone is also expected to be open on Thursday, September 12 (see below)
  • Pit Lane Walk: A pit lane walk for holders of 4-day tickets is expected to be held on Thursday, September 12 (to be confirmed). In addition, F1 Experiences holds a separate pit lane walk for selected guests on Thursday, September 12. Guests of the F1 Paddock Club can take part in daily pit lane walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race weekend.

Friday, September 13

  • 10:00: Fanzone opens (TBC)
  • 13:30-14:30: Formula 1 – Free Practice 1 (FP1)
  • 17:00-18:00: Formula 1 – Free Practice 2 (FP2)
  • 23:00: Fanzone closes (TBC)

Saturday, September 14

  • 10:00: Fanzone opens (TBC)
  • 12:30-13:30: Formula 1 – Free Practice 3 (FP3)
  • 16:00-17:00: Formula 1 – Qualifying
  • 23:00: Fanzone closes (TBC)

Sunday, September 15

  • 10:00: Fanzone opens (TBC)
  • 13:00-13:30: Formula 1 – Drivers’ Parade (TBC)
  • 15:00-17:00: Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2024 (51 laps or 2 hours)
  • 20:00: Fanzone closes (TBC)

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Pit Lane Walk

  • Details of the pit lane walk have not yet been confirmed for 2024
  • A pit lane walk was held in 2023 on Thursday from 16:30-18:00
  • The F1 Fanzone was open from 10:00-23:00 on Thursday
  • The pit lane walk is open to all 4-day ticket holders.
  • The pit lane walk is a unique opportunity to walk down the pit lane and get a glimpse of the teams at work, as they make the final preparations to the cars ahead of the race weekend. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a driver or two!

F1 Driver Autograph Sessions in Baku

  • Autograph sessions are TBC for the 2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • As one of the lowest-attended races on the calendar, F1 driver autograph sessions are still held at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • The sessions take place on Friday and Saturday morning (around 10:30-12:30) on the stage in the Fanzone behind the Absheron (Main) Grandstand, with each team’s drivers signing for around 15 minutes.
  • As the drivers do not around too long, we recommend getting there early if you want a selfie or autograph from your favourite driver. 

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Concerts

Concerts and headline acts have not yet been announced for 2024

Headline concerts returned to Baku City Circuit in 2023, with Dutch DJs Don Diablo and Hardwell performing on Friday and Saturday night respectively. The concerts normally start at 10pm on a new stage in the Fanzone on the Bulvar. Look for the large tower. Click here for the exact location of the stage.

Been to the Baku City Circuit? Comment below with your trackside tips!

21 thoughts on “Trackside at Baku City Circuit – 2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix”

  1. We attended the Baku Grand Prix last year.
    Event was excellent. Well organized and combined race events with a surrounding of culture and history.

  2. Six access gates provide circuit access for fans (see map). no map !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi,

    Love your website!

    I’ve been checking it regularly in anticipation for ticket release details!

    Hopefully there will be some news soon!


    1. Sorry I’m not 100% sure. I normally take a photo of the price list for beer/food at the track, but I can’t find for Baku last year. Baku is pretty cheap overall, so I think the beer prices will be reasonable

  4. Hi Andrew,
    I assume F1 driver autograph session was on the official schedule until a few months before the event, but this has been replaced by the each fan forum this year?
    Does that mean that the guarantee of getting an autograph from my favorite driver is away from this year?


    1. Hi Hiroto, are you talking about Baku or at another race? The Fan Forum or autograph session is something that’s organized by the circuit. The problem is that most races now have way too many fans to do an autograph session. Baku it is still there, but the attendance is quite low there. Most races will have the drivers appear on the stage for the fans, but without autograph session

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