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Saturday July 26, 2014 MYT 7:55:00 PM
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FORMULA One commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that Azerbaijan will host a Grand Prix in Baku in 2016.
Event organisers in Baku announced the race in a statement and said it had been planned to run in 2015, but they had now shifted their debut on the calendar to 2016.
Ecclestone said: “We are very happy that Baku has joined the F1 family. This will be a street race, which will pass through interesting and picturesque parts of Baku. The event will meet the current criteria.”
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov said: “I am delighted to officially announce that we have signed a contract to bring Formula One racing to Baku in 2016.
“Our location at the crossroads of eastern Europe and western Asia is a new frontier for F1. Azerbaijan is a modern European country that has established a reputation as a centre of sporting excellence.
“The deal is a very significant new chapter in our ongoing success to attract the world’s largest sporting events to our country.”
The race will be on a street circuit to be designed by Austrian Hermann Tilke. The pits and start-finish straight will be at the city’s iconic Azadliq Square. — AFP
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