Azerbaijan F1 Brunch at the Embassy of Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan F1 Brunch at the Embassy of Azerbaijan

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Thursday 16th June 2016
The ladies of IWC had the honor to be invited to the opening of the F1 2016 season at the Azerbaijan Embassy, by H.E. Dr. Nargiz Gurbanova, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The 2016 season sees Azerbaijan become the latest addition to Formula One, with capital city Baku playing host to the fastest street circuit of the season. F1 track architect Hermann Tilke claims to have created a challenging street circuit, in terms of engineering and design, and one that thrives on Baku’s very attractive urban atmosphere and its great combination of history and 21st century style. The historic city centre, the beautiful seaside promenade and the impressive government house all combine to provide the perfect backdrop for a spectacular new track.
Baku City Circuit loops around the central and the most picturesque streets of Baku. When it came to selecting the perfect route for the race, the organizers decided to emphasize the panoramic view of the city. Another interesting fact is that the cars will race in an anti-clockwise direction. Overall 30,000 spectators are expected to watch the race live from grandstands located at different parts of the circuit.  The length of the widest part of the track is 13m, and the narrowest width is 7.6m between the 7th and 8th turns, which are situated along Icheri Sheher (Inner City). The circuit length is more than 6 km, the longest of all. Following the 19th and 20th turns, driver speeds are expected to reach up to 340 km/h as they race along the 1500 meter long straight.
The track is be surrounded by UNESCO-protected Old City – Icheri Sheher, passing its gates on the left side, and the cities residential buildings on the right. A special, temporary asphalt layer has been laid over the cobbled streets of his old section of the city to ensure the drivers can race here.
For those who saw the F1 race, it was indeed an exciting weekend in Baku. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led from start to finish and won Sunday’s European Grand Prix on the Baku street circuit, extending his lead in the Formula One championship from nine points to 24.