Lap record may be broken at F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
The maximum speed at the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to be held in Baku June 22-25 will not be increased, on the contrary, the speed may be somewhat reduced, Charlie Whiting, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) safety delegate, Formula One race director, said on June 6.
He said that because this year the width of F1 cars and their tires will be increased, it is not expected that the maximum speed at the competitions will be higher than last year.
Whiting expressed belief that the lap record will be broken at the F1 competitions this year, because increasing the width of cars and their tires will contribute to their passing the circuit faster. Last year, the lap record for a six kilometer circuit was one minute 46 seconds, he added.
Whiting noted that both Baku and the race track are ready for the Formula 1 competitions, and everything is organized at a high level.
The 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be held in Azerbaijan’s capital on June 22-25.
The fabulous summer atmosphere in Baku will provide the perfect backdrop for the event that will allow spectators to enjoy a truly unique live sporting experience.
Overall 18,000 spectators are expected to watch from the grandstands, and a minimum of 10,000 spectators will enjoy the race from the standing areas.
Unlike 2016, this year Azerbaijan joins the race with a different name, as Formula 1 Grand Prix in Baku was renamed to the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan.