Formula 1 will continue to make annual visits to Baku beyond 2020 signing a new three-year deal with Formula 1 to host the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The city known for its harsh winds along the shore of the Caspian Sea has hosted some thrillers over the past three years with notable wins by Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the race.
Ironically, the inaugural race in 2016 was considered one of the most boring to watch with fans venting their frustration for the track to be reconsidered or removed from the calendar.
The past two races have each been voted the best race of the season in the annual F1 Fan Voice Community Survey.
“We are very pleased to have renewed this agreement which will see the Azerbaijan Grand Prix feature on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar for many years to come,” said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1.
“In just a short space of time, this race has become one of the most popular of the season, always producing closely fought and spectacular racing.
“The Republic of Azerbaijan provides a really excellent welcome to everyone in Formula 1 and the beautiful city of Baku is an amazing backdrop for the greatest motor racing show in the world.”
“This is a truly proud day for all of us,” added Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister for Sport and Youth. “The last few years have been a dream come true for the people of Baku as we have seen our race weekend grow from a simple idea into one of the most dramatic and exciting race weekends in F1’s history.
“Already, we have played host to some of the sport’s most iconic moments. Furthermore, every year we have seen more and more fans from all over the world attend the race and have been overwhelmed at how well our event has been embraced by the global Formula 1 community.
“With these exciting opportunities in mind, extending our contract was never in question.”
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is round four of this year’s calendar commencing at the end of April before the European leg of the season begins.
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