The Formula One race car draft 2019 season calendar released last month is shaping up to be another highly anticipated, action-packed agenda of fun for motor sports fan around the world. For those wanting to take in some races in the Caspian region, they won’t have to wait very long.
Baku will play host to what will be Azerbaijan’s fourth F1 race, from April 27–29, and ticket sales will soon launch. Nigar Arpadarai, the head of the Marketing and Communication Department at the Baku City Circuit, said they are planning to kick off ticket sales by the end of October.
"This time the sale of tickets for Azerbaijani citizens will begin along with a campaign of selling tickets at preferential prices,” Arpadarai said, according to Trend. “The early sales of tickets are due to the fact that foreigners make their plans in advance,” he explained. “Interest in Formula 1 racings grows annually by 30 percent, and a great interest in them shows both local residents and foreign guests.”
Twenty-one competitions at venues around the globe are slated for the 2019 season, and Baku will host the fourth race in the line-up. The season will kick off in Australia on March 17 and conclude in Abu Dhabi on December 1.
Eleven of the 21 races will take place in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia. Next year will be extra special because the 1000th Grand Prix since the inception of the world’s highest class of single-seat auto racing will take place.
Installation work at the Baku City Circuit will begin this November. The circuit is the second longest and the fastest street track in the world, measuring more than six kilometers in length. The scenic route runs through Baku’s UNESCO-protected Old City, or Icheri Sheher historical-architectural reserve, passes through the city’s modern skyline, and wraps around the Caspian Sea promenade. Attendance at the races in Baku grew by 31 percent, from 71,314 spectators in 2017 to 94,000 fans in 2018.
Russia, another Caspian region country, will also host a leg in the 2019 competition line-up. The Sochi Autodrome in the Black Sea coastal city will be held from September 26–29, 2019.