FIA confident Baku circuit will be ready on time

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed the Baku street circuit will be completed on time for this year’s Grand Prix of Europe on June 19.

The race in Azerbaijan is set to be the newest addition to the F1 calendar, with a high-speed circuit laid out along the streets of Baku. Whiting made his latest circuit inspection on Tuesday and is confident the ongoing work on the circuit, pit and paddock is on course.

“The circuit will be ready,” he said. “You can see the quality of all the installations wherever you look. My next trip to Baku will be at the beginning of June and I’m expecting to be able to say it will be ready then!”

Whiting said the tight section around the outside of the Baku’s old city walls would be the most spectacular part of the lap, but expects the circuit as a whole to resemble a high-speed Singapore.

“It will be a fascinating F1 race. Turns 8 to12 will probably be the most interesting but so will the run from Turn 12 to 15, where the approach to Turn 15 in particular will be quite spectacular. The very long run from Turn 16 to 20, which is going to be flat out, will also be amazing to watch! If I had to compare one circuit to this one, it would be Singapore, but the speed here will be much higher!”