F1: Baku Grand Prix – as it hap­pened

Azer News - - Front Page - By Amina Nazarli SPORTS, PAGE 6

The eighth round of the Euro­pean Grand Prix suc­cess­fully wrapped up on the cost of the Caspian Sea -- Baku, where Azer­bai­jan’s cap­i­tal demon­strated how to stage a new Grand Prix, treat­ing race fans and the F1 fra­ter­nity to the warm­est of wel­comes and to a truly re­mark­able circuit.

The largest city on the Caspian Sea has al­ways im­pressed with its nat­u­ral and cul­tural beauty -- the gor­geous Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture back­ing out onto the blues of the Caspian.

In the past years Baku has been stak­ing its claim as a ma­jor cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment player. Af­ter ma­jor in­ter­na­tional events such as Euro­vi­sion 2012, Baku Euro­pean Games 2015, Baku wel­comed one of the old­est and most pres­ti­gious races in all of mo­tor­sport -- For­mula 1 Euro­pean Grand Prix hold­ing in the cap­i­tal on June 17-19.

The of­fi­cial 2016 For­mula 1 Grand Prix of Europe Tro­phy was pre­sented by Baku City Circuit (BCC) af­ter the first ever F1 race was staged in Azer­bai­jan.

The new­est race on the For­mula 1 Calendar saw the ar­rival of the new­est street circuit in in the sport, when the world’s great­est driv­ers ar­rived in Azer­bai­jan known as the Land of Fire – last week­end.

Baku is a na­tion that is grow­ing at an epic speed, while still stay­ing true to its rich her­itage. The 2016 For­mula 1 Grand Prix of Europe tro­phy has been es­pe­cially de­signed to re­flect this fu­sion of the old and the new, the mod­ern and the an­cient that makes Baku such a unique host venue for the world’s most glam­orous and ex­cit­ing sport.

Baku is de­fined by its stun­ning Old Town – a UNESCO her­itage site - as well as its flour­ish­ing down­town streets, boom­ing with high end de­signer shops, won­der­ful restau­rant and bars and sur­rounded by elab­o­rate ar­chi­tec­tural devel­op­ments that give this city its inim­itable fla­vor that has seen it de­scribed as the ‘Paris of the East’.

All of the above fac­tors have been used as in­spi­ra­tion in the de­sign of the four ster­ling sil­ver tro­phies (1st, 2nd & 3rd place Driv­ers and Con­struc­tors Ti­tle) that have been cre­ated for the in­au­gu­ral F1 race in Baku.

The tro­phy de­sign re­flects a tra­di­tional car­pet wrapped in a sil­ver col­umn, po­si­tioned and en­graved with a red in­ner gold plate to give the ap­pear­ance of a flame - the sym­bol of Azer­bai­jan - when viewed from the front. The col­umns sit on an enam­eled sea, rep­re­sent­ing the Caspian Sea, with a gilded lau­rel bor­der de­not­ing vic­tory. Rest­ing on the sil­ver base, three, coloured rings de­note the na­tional flag with the F1 logo in­scrip­tion fac­ing to the front.

Its form and de­sign has been tai­lored specif­i­cally to en­cap­su­late the coun­try’s cul­tural her­itage and iden­tity via artis­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the the heav­ily sym­bolic na­tional el­e­ments of Fire, Wind & Wa­ter, struc­tured around the con­cepts of Unity & Progress. In do­ing so, the tro­phy de­sign mar­ries all these el­e­ments to­gether to rep­re­sent the pas­sion, vi­tal­ity, to­geth­er­ness and am­bi­tion of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple.

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