Azerbaijan Grand Prix to be part of F1 2019 cal­en­dar

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be part of the For­mula 1 cal­en­dar for 2019, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Baku City Cir­cuit Arif Rahi­mov told reporters in Monaco.

“We did not even dis­cuss this [re­moval of the Baku race from the cal­en­dar] with FOM (For­mula One Man­age­ment), it just does not make sense. We have a con­tract for five years, and we must hold five races start­ing from 2016,” he said.

Rahi­mov added that th­ese agree­ments are bind­ing and nei­ther party can vi­o­late them, and that the in­for­ma­tion that Mi­ami can re­place Baku is a ru­mor.

“If the Mi­ami stage is in­cluded in the cham­pi­onship cal­en­dar and all other Grands Prix also re­main, their num­ber will reach 22,” he noted. “I sup­pose a draft of the 2019 sea­son cal­en­dar may be ready this or next month, and the Baku race will be in this cal­en­dar.”

At the same time, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor added that in case of sign­ing a con­tract for the next five years, it will be nec­es­sary to im­prove its con­di­tions. Rahi­mov noted that Baku City Cir­cuit wants the race to be held not in April but in June.

“It takes three to four months to pre­pare the track. When the race is held in April, it means that we have to start the works in win­ter, when the weather is poor. Of­ten rains and strong winds slow the process. There­fore, we would def­i­nitely like to move the race to June,” he said.

The races within the 2018 For­mula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix were on­go­ing on April 27-29 in the streets of Baku. As many as 20 driv­ers rep­re­sent­ing 10 teams, in­clud­ing such fa­mous driv­ers as Lewis Hamil­ton, Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, Kimi Raikkö­nen, Fer­nando Alonso and many oth­ers, strug­gled for the first place in the Baku City Cir­cuit.

In the fi­nal race, Lewis Hamil­ton of Mercedes team came first, spend­ing 1 hour 43 min­utes and 44 sec­onds to over­come the dis­tance of 306 kilo­me­ters. The sec­ond and third place win­ners Kimi Raikko­nen of Fer­rari and Ser­gio Perez of Force In­dia were late just for 2.5 and 4 sec­onds re­spec­tively.

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