The organisers of Azerbaijan’s first Formula One race say the race will start early enough for the race to take place during daylight hours.
The inaugural race at the Baku City Circuit will begin at 6pm local time. The race organisers say sunset is due at 9:14pm and “the three-hour window between the start of the race and sunset will allow F1 drivers enough time to race through the streets of Baku during daylight”.
The FIA’s investigation into Jules Bianchi’s fatal accident during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix recommended that “a regulation or guideline be established such that the start time of an event shall not be less than four hours before either sunset or dusk“. This led to alterations to the start times of some races last year.
The timing of next year’s race in Baku has also been influenced by a desire to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours, which finishes one hour before the European Grand Prix is scheduled to begin.
The organisers are making 28,000 tickets available for the race and say 65% of those sold so far have been to racegoers from outside Azerbaijan, chiefly in the UK, Russia and Finland. The F1 race will be supported by two rounds of the GP2 series.
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