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15 Sep

Azerbaijan GP

Baku City Circuit
  • Free practice 1 FP1 13 Sep 2024 -
  • Free practice 2 FP2 13 Sep 2024 -
  • Free practice 3 FP3 14 Sep 2024 -
  • Qualification Quali 14 Sep 2024 -
  • Race Race 15 Sep 2024 -

Held in the capital of ‘The Land of Fire’, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is one of the most challenging and punishing circuits on the F1 calendar, pitting drivers against some of the tightest corners and fastest straights around.


First held 2016
Laps 51
Circuit length 6.003 kilometres
Lap record 1:43.009 (2019)
Winner 2023 Sergio Perez
Second in 2023 Max Verstappen
Third in 2023 Charles Leclerc


Winner 2023 Sergio Perez
Winner 2022 Max Verstappen
Winner 2021 Sergio Perez
Winner 2019 Valtteri Bottas
Winner 2018 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2017 Daniel Ricciardo

F1 Azerbaijan GP 2024 | Baku | Start times & schedule

Initially held as the European Grand Prix in 2016, the Baku City Circuit hosted the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix a year later in one of the five street courses on the calendar in 2017.

Designed by architect Hermann Tilke, the circuit follows a series of right-angled turns into rapid flat-out sections which, before the introduction of new aerodynamics rules in 2016, pushed cars to speeds of over 360 km/h.

Comparable to the tight twists of Monaco – in the way that the track forces drivers to both commit to each turn while being aware of the perils of straying too close to the edge – the Baku City Circuit has been the site of numerous high-speed crashes.

Charles Leclerc learned that the hard way in 2019 by crashing at Turn 8 in qualifying. The section is the tightest on the Formula 1 calendar, and sees the cars work their way around Baku’s UNESCO-protected old city walls.

When is the 2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 13-15 September, and is set to be the fourth race of the Formula 1 season. The first free practice sessions will take place on 28 April.

There will then be another practice session on Saturday 29 April before the qualifying is held at 14:30 BST.

Start time of the 2024 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix starts on Sunday 15 September at 12:00 BST. The race can be followed live on RacingNews365's live blog.

Timetable Azerbaijan GP

Session Date Time
Free practice 1 Friday 13 September -
Free practice 2 Friday 13 September -
Free practice 3 Saturday 14 September -
Qualification Saturday 14 September -
Race Sunday 15 September -

History of the F1 Azerbaijan GP

The first Azerbaijan Grand Prix was held on 25 June 2017, and saw Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel enter the round with a 12-point lead in the standings over the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

It was the Briton who started from pole, with Vettel down in fourth, but the pair occupied the two leading positions in the race following the deployment of the Safety Car in the early stages.

Another Safety Car period followed soon after, and during this Vettel ran into the back of Hamilton's car, damaging the Ferrari's front wing along with Hamilton's rear diffuser. The German felt he was being brake-tested and drove alongside and into his rival, though car data showed Hamilton had not applied the brakes.

A third Safety Car and red flag followed. Hamilton lost the lead of the race after being called in due to a loose headrest, while Vettel was handed a 10-second stop/go penalty.

This opened the path up for Daniel Ricciardo, who took the chequered flag ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll. It was a debut podium finish for Stroll, who became the first Canadian to finish in the top three since Jacques Villeneuve at the 2001 German Grand Prix.

Hamilton started from pole in the 2018 event, with the major turning point taking place on Lap 40 when Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Ricciardo collided with one another.

After the race was restarted, Vettel tried to pass Bottas for the lead only to overshoot the turn, ultimately leaving with fourth. The Finn looked set for victory before a tyre puncture brought an end his race, allowing Hamilton to take the win ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez.

Bottas got his revenge in the following year, claiming pole position and converting it into his fifth career victory ahead of Hamilton and Vettel.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the race cancelled in 2020 before it returned for 2021 and 2022.

Most successful F1 drivers and teams

So far there have been multiple winners of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Ricciardo, Hamilton, Bottas and Max Verstappen all winning the race once. Sergio Perez is the only driver who won the Grand Prix twice.

As for constructors, Red Bull have secured four of the six wins, while Mercedes claimed the other two.

The 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc started from pole position but was quickly overtaken by Max Verstappen in lap three. In turn ten, De Vries made a mistake, resulting in a crash. This led to a yellow flag, prompting Max Verstappen to immediately enter the pit lane. However, a few seconds later, a safety car was deployed, placing Perez with a pit stop ahead of the Dutch driver. The Mexican managed to retain the first position, followed by Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

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