Baku, Azerbaijan primed for long run as Formula One host city

Azerbaijan is site of this weeks European Grand PrixBaku is beginning this week what could be the decade-long run as the Formula One host, according to Azerbaijan's sports minister Azad Rahimov.With the unique, narrow as well as high-speed travel layout, the former Soviet republic will horde the inaugural F1 competition upon Sunday. However, the Azerbaijan headlines opening ABC pronounced ticket sales have been slow, with only 18,500 tickets printed -- as well as many of those have nonetheless to sell -- for the race.Nonetheless, Baku could be in F1 to stay, unlike other recent new hosts like Turkey, India as well as Korea which had only ephemeral runs upon the calendar."The contract for the competition is signed for five years," Rahimov said. "And underneath the contract, we have the right to extend it for the further five years." For the F1 playground itself, the Canada-to-Baku back-to-back competition weekends is particularly trying, but nothing more so than for the Sauber team. Struggling with finances, the Swiss backmarker could not afford to stick upon the special charter flights which went without delay from Montreal to Baku.Instead, according to the German Blick newspaper, the team's equipment went back to Zurich as well as afterwards upon to Azerbaijan via Istanbul, since of marked down cost.And, additionally according to Blick, an additional piece of bad headlines for Sauber is which after the lorry drove over the foot of the group part of in Monaco, which group part of has had the toe amputated. By GMM

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