AZERBAIJAN FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
Below you will find reviews, ratings, and tips on the circuit from other race fans.
So being a city circuit access was no problem, we stayed in Landmark hotel which is literally on the circuit, so 10 minute walk into circuit. We stayed a week so saw the track gradually coming together all week, which is quite a unique experience walking the circuit avoiding busses, taxis, trucks cars etc.
The facilities were great, lots of food and drink and entertainment, only thing with it being so spread out over about 2km it seemed a bit of a walk in the heat to the different areas, but the good side meant you never felt crowded and always find space to sit. The staff and volunteers were a bit bemused at first but got better as the weekend went on, I guess first time its to be expected.
The evening music gigs were great, well organised, bit late coming on but you expect that. All in all the facilities were great on a par with Bahrain, lots to do aside from the racing.
As for the racing, track is very good, view in Khazer was great as you can see cars going in bother directions and a screen opposite too, plus by time race started sun had dipped below building behind so not sat in the blazing sun (34C) for the race. The race itself proved a little lacking in excitement, but that happens at times. The track is certainly good enough for a great race.
Baku itself is a great place, well worth a visit, hopefully this race really takes off in the calendar and people come along. Thursday and Friday was very quiet, which made for the best pitwalk I have been on, no queues at all. Driver signings were good too. A little disorganised at first but then they got the hang of it.
They had a massive number of volunteers, almost as many as paying guests and only slight gripe was they seemed to be enjoying the experience as much as the paying public, just watching racing getting photos and generally not really doing a great deal to help people, but again with a load of youngsters I would have been exactly the same if it was me doing that.
It was a great week and will only improve I would return again and encourage others too. If I went again the Icheri Sheher stand looks to be an excellent viewing area with the cars slowing in the narrow old town section.
Hopefully next year Lewis will have a bit more luck, the result was the only bad point for me. But at least I met him finally !!