F1 Racing (UK) - - INSIDER -

The con­fir­ma­tion of the 2016 For­mula 1 cal­en­dar means that the Euro­pean Grand Prix in Azer­bai­jan should go ahead, although there has been some un­cer­tainty of late. Not over whether it’s ac­tu­ally in Europe – study your ge­og­ra­phy text­books for that one – but whether, as a na­tion whose wealth is built on oil ex­ports, Azer­bai­jan would ac­tu­ally want the ex­pense of hold­ing a grand prix now that the black stuff is trad­ing for 60 per cent less than it used to.

I vis­ited Baku in 2014 to cover a sportscar race, so I can pre­dict what you’ll be read­ing about on so­cial me­dia in the run-up to the grand prix. There will be plenty of com­plaints about the cost and faff of se­cur­ing a visa. Some­one will be con­de­scend­ing about the big flag. Above all, me­dia, driv­ers and engi­neers alike will harp on about the wind. This is a par­tic­u­larly windy city. At least no one will guf­faw, though, if Nico Ros­berg blames any on-track mishaps on a stray gust here…

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