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AZERBAIJAN FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX

Below you will find reviews, ratings, and tips on the circuit from other race fans.

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First race in Baku, very good all round.


By Mark, 29 Jun 2016
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 !!
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Tickets/ toilets


By SKing, 25 Jun 2016
Overcharged by F1.com by £400, toilets were out of order for nearly 2 days and view nearly impossible as had trees and speakers restricting our view. Other than that an enjoyable weekend.
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Excellent


By Graham Cullis, 22 Jun 2016
We had a fantastic weekend in Baku for the Grand Prix, getting into the circuit was easy and all staff were helpful and well informed, the only thing I did find concerning was the price of team merchandise, £40 for a cap?
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First ever Baku GP


By Ed G, 20 Jun 2016
We very much enjoyed the experience. Baku did an excellent job of their first staging.

The main drawback (as expected) was the very high speeds past our stand and processional nature of the racing at that point on the circuit didn't offer the best live action.
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Baku


By Steve Holmes , 20 Jun 2016
Great race to be at we stayed at Hyatt regency only ten minutes to city centre in taxi (only £3.00 each way) with no big traffic jams
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Pretty good


By Richard Hingston, 20 Jun 2016
Food voucher system, poor, toilet singe very poor, not enough litter bins.
Autograph time allocation poor, cut short from 20 mins to 10 mins, queueing in hot sun no cover

However a great first time, Gp 2 very special.
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A superb city and excellent facilities


By Rob D, 19 Jun 2016
This is my 7th race (all in different countries). I'd rate this as my favourite location, not only is the city amazing (loads to see and do), and packed full of lovely people but the other great thing is it's very cheap! e.g. pints in the arena were only £1.80! We went to 2 of the 3 concerts and they were really good (Enrique and Pharrell), they were busy but not crazy busy like you get at UK festivals so you can get really close to the stage with ease. Re the stand, it got very hot during the day and black seats probably aren't the best idea! However, the best bit about this stand is the building behind shades you from 5pm which is when the race started so that was nice. I think if you want to tie in a great city break with probably the cheapest location on the race calendar then this is your place. Oh and the people are mega passionate to be hosting this event and it comes across in all your interactions, be it with security, volunteers, bar tenders, etc... They did their country mega proud.
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