FIA race director and safety delegate Charlie Whiting says the Baku street circuit is on course to be completed in time for its inaugural race.
Whiting carried out his latest inspection in Azerbaijan on Tuesday, evaluating the quality of the track and its surrounding facilities - including the paddock and pit lane - and joined at the venue by the circuit's architect Hermann Tilke. It will host the 'Grand Prix of Europe' next month.
“The circuit will be ready,” Whiting said. “You can see the quality of all the installations wherever you look. My next trip to Baku will be at the beginning of June and I'm expecting to be able to say it will be ready then!”
“It will be a fascinating F1 race,” he added. “Turns 8 to12 will probably be the most interesting but so will the run from Turn 12 to 15, where the approach to Turn 15 in particular will be quite spectacular.
“The very long run from Turn 16 to 20, which is going to be flat out, will also be amazing to watch! If I had to compare one circuit to this one, it would be Singapore, but the speed here will be much higher!
“I would [also] say to anyone thinking of coming here, you definitely should - it's a lovely city. I've been here several times now and have always experienced great hospitality from all the people I meet here. It's going to be a truly unique event!”
Meanwhile, the promoter of the Grand Prix of Europe and executive director of BCC, Arif Rahimov, said: “We are delighted by Mr. Whiting's positive findings during his visit to Baku City Circuit today. We were confident that FIA would be impressed by the progress we have made so far and to have this confirmed today is a source of great pride for all of our team.
“Now it is up to us to ensure that we see this job through to the finish line and guarantee that upon his next visit in early June, he will be able to declare the Baku City Circuit fully ready to host a Formula 1 race.
“We know this will be the case and we will continue to work hard to make this a truly unforgettable and spectacular event for all fans watching.”