With less than three months to go before the Grand Prix of Europe returns to the F1 schedule courtesy of the first ever F1 race in Azerbaijan, circuit designer Hermann Tilke has told fans to expect a layout unlike any other.
Speaking to the event's official website, the German penman ventured that, not only does the Baku city circuit take in some of the location's most famous landmarks, it also promises to be the fastest street circuit on the schedule, surpassing more established contemporaries such as Monaco, Melbourne and Singapore's Marina Bay.
"Baku City Circuit stands out due to many factors," Tilke confirmed, "There is no track like it - it will be one of the most exciting ones on the calendar. It is not comparable with any of the permanent circuits, because it is a city circuit but, even when compared to city circuits, Baku is unique.
"The track loop around the city's historical centre will create a unique and remarkable atmosphere for fans watching in the grandstands and at home, [and] Baku will be the world's fastest city circuit. We calculated a lap time of 101 seconds, but that depends on the individual set-up of the racing cars and on the developments of this year's new cars."
The project, which Tilke reveals began two years ago, is unlike many of the designer's previous works - a resumé which includes Austin's Circuit of the Americas, Shanghai International Circuit and Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi - and naturally provided him with some unique challenges before it could be added to the F1 schedule.
"At the time I first heard about the opportunity to build a street circuit in Baku, I had no idea about the city," Tilke admitted, "After my first visit, I was left with just one thought: Amazing! I was really surprised in a positive way.
"Baku is fascinating, and the layout of the track is designed to show off the beauty of the historic and modern views and sights of [the city]. The most challenging task was to come up with an idea for the routing of a city track which will be suitable for F1. The circuit is located in a vibrant city, [but] the streets are really narrow and this is exactly what makes it so appealing.
"We have been working on this project since June 2014 and, at this stage, we are beginning to get really excited. From the very first moment, I was really proud to be a part of the project and the team here. Now it's only a few months to go and we can't wait!"