When the Korean Grand Prix was cut from the F1 schedule, the opportunity to host a Grand Prix fell to Baku, windswept capital of Azerbaijan and party central on the Caspian Sea. Hermann Tilke’s anti-clockwise Baku Street Circuit – the fastest street course in the championship – is spectacular, connecting the historic city centre, the seaside promenade and the impressive government house.
One of the only three pure street circuits in the F1 calendar this season, the Azerbaijan circuit promises an extremely exciting race this Sunday. With a 2.19 kilometre segment where cars drive flat out, it has the longest flat-out section compared to any other circuit this season. For this weekend, the drivers will have to work on their braking as the street circuit has multiple high-speed straights followed by tight corners with no run-off areas. Although the Baku circuit provides more overtaking opportunities than the street circuit in Monaco, the drivers will be tested on their braking skills and instincts more than anything else. Tyre selection and pit strategy will also be of utmost importance.
Join us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Baku City Circuit, as the second practice session for the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the SF90, ready to continue evaluating the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.