Formula 1 can confirm that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will remain on the calendar until 2026 inclusive
following a new three–year agreement. Located on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the 6km, 20 corner circuit designed by Hermann Tilke has always delivered memorable racing and no driver has won round the streets of Baku more than once. The inaugural Grand Prix in 2016 was won by Nico Rosburg, with Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen all subsequently taking the chequered flag. In 2023 the Baku City Circuit is hosting the first of six F1 Sprint events of the season, and the first under the new format which sees the whole of Saturday dedicated to Sprint, with a new shootout qualifying and a 100km race delivering more action for fans in every session.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “The Baku City Circuit has become a hugely popular venue for Formula 1. It is an incredible circuit which always delivers huge drama, and has played host to some of the most exciting races in recent memory. We are delighted to extend our relationship with the country of Azerbaijan and look forward to continuing our growth together.”
Farid Gayibov, Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan, said: “We are thrilled to confirm our continued partnership with Formula 1. Ever since we first hosted this event in 2016, the economic, social, and cultural impact of the sport on our city and country has been remarkable. The FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX is a source of great pride for the whole country and will now continue to inspire and excite our fans for a further three years. The past six races have been some of the best and most dramatic in the sport’s long history and we look forward to creating more magical moments for F1 fans at home and abroad over the next three years – starting with this weekend. Moreover, today’s agreement has come during a weekend that sees us hosting a record number of fans from over 100 countries, which only serves to make this moment even more special“.