First practice for Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP 2023 starts

The first free practice for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023 kicked off, News.Az reports.

Ten teams with two drivers from each are competing in the race.

World-famous drivers Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and others are vying for the first places.

With its narrowest point (the Turn 8/9 ‘Old Town’ complex), the circuit is just 7.6 metres wide, the length of the widest part of the track is 13 meters, which are situated along the Icheri Sheher (Inner City).

The Formula 1 qualifying will be held later in the afternoon.

At just over 6.003km, the Baku City Circuit is the second longest circuit in F1.

It’s also F1’s fastest street circuit with drivers comfortably reaching speeds of 360km/h along the over 2km-long straight along Neftchilar Avenue, Baku city.

Moreover, many of the 20 turns are sharp, especially around Baku’s Old City, which leaves little room for error. So skill, discipline, teamwork and fortune are more important than car speed.

The return of F1 to Baku on April 28th - 30th marks the seventh time the pinnacle of motorsport has raced on the streets of Azerbaijan’s historic capital city.


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