I know exactly what you’re thinking. ‘THAT is going to be an F1 track?’ I know right. While F1 cars won’t be bouncing over those cobble stones come the European Grand Prix in June, you can’t help but notice that it’s ridiculously narrow for something that’s supposed to be a modern F1 circuit.
Not much has been said about the new race in Azerbaijan, other than that it’s going to clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but now Ted Kravitz has shared some photos of what will become the Baku City Circuit later this year.
Potholes will be filled, castle & cobbles protected and asphalt laid. Narrow, yes – but just wide enough! pic.twitter.com/f9iMebNWvN
— Ted Kravitz (@tedkravitz) January 30, 2016
New information about the circuit also reveals that it’s just 7.6 metres wide at its most narrow point, which is roughly the width of four F1 cars wheel-to-wheel. This render from Tilke shows how it should look in June.
Overtaking though will hopefully be possible in the high-speed section of the circuit which includes a huge start-finish straight and some Tilke-special 90 degree turns.
At 6.006 kilometres in length, only Spa-Francorchamps will be longer than Baku. That is of course if it’s ready on time.