INTERVIEW: “Formula 1 fans know this race is unmissable as anything can happen” Arif Rahimov, Executive Director of Baku City Circuit SMG Press Office Wed 4/27/2022 2:03 PM Unable to see the message? Click here to view in browser

• This year’s Azerbaijan race is close to becoming a sell-out as it welcomes back fans for first time since 2019 • Arif Rahimov, Executive Director of Baku City Circuit, says interest in F1 is at an all-time high • ‘We don’t feel any pressure’ adds Rahimov when considering new additions to F1 calendar • The racing on Baku City Circuit set to be even more spectacular with new car regulations • With five different winners from its first five events, Baku is renowned for its dramatic races

This year’s FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2022 could be the most spectacular race yet to be held on the streets of Baku as the new generation of F1 cars descend on the city circuit on the weekend of 10th-12th June, 2022.
Set to host F1 for the sixth time, the Grand Prix around the Azerbaijani capital has established itself as a fan favourite on the calendar thanks to its unpredictable racing and magnificent setting. The combination of record-breaking high-speed straights along the shoreline of the Caspian Sea in addition to tight and twisty corners around the historic ‘Castle Section’ offer an incredible challenge to the drivers. That has led to five different winners from its first five races and there could well be a sixth different driver on the top step of the podium in June.
As the world is emerging from the Covid pandemic, this year’s event in Baku is welcoming fans back for the first time since 2019 and is attracting huge interest from both international visitors and local fans as Formula 1’s popularity continues to grow in the region.
“Formula 1 races around the world are reporting record crowds as spectators flock to circuits as countries are opening up again after the pandemic,” says Arif Rahimov, Executive Director, Baku City Circuit. “It’s the same in Azerbaijan as we have seen huge interest for tickets for this year’s race in June. We can’t wait to welcome back crowds to what is set to be a sell-out.”
The promoters of the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2022 believe the combination of the new regulations and the surge in popularity of Formula 1 thanks to the success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series has led to mass public interest in this year’s event. Plus, they believe the new cars will result in an even more exciting and unpredictable race than usual – which is saying something for the hugely popular Baku race!
“I can’t wait to see these new cars take to the streets of Baku in June,” added Rahimov. “Our track is already known as a venue where there is plenty of overtaking and I expect the long straights leading into Turn 1 and Turn 3 will see more action than we have ever had before. It’s wonderful we have had five different winners in five races. Formula 1 fans know this race is unmissable as anything can happen. It’s the most unpredictable race of the season which also makes it the most exciting!”
Fans can expect another thrilling race as drivers will duel at speeds over 350km/h when the Baku City Circuit roars into life on 10th-12th June for the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2022.

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