ON THE EDGE OF EUROPE
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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