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The newest Grand Prix on the calendar is here - the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, which will be hosted in its capital, Baku.

It’s already February and most petrol heads know what that means-  time for winter testing!

In other words, the curtain for the 2016 season is about to be raised. The Renault team already drew first blood by being the first to launch their new livery (well sort of) but that’s another story. So what’s new? A brand new team called Haas F1, and a record breaking 21-race calendar! The newest addition is the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan. On paper it is officially known as the European GP.

One thing that is synonymous with street circuits is the overtaking or the lack of it. So let’s check out 5 things to know about the Baku Circuit.

#1 It's A Hermann Tilke Circuit

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Tilke’s usual style is designing corners, which promotes fast and interesting races but tries its best to keep the racing as close as possible. However many experts are critical of him and his design,s even going as far as blaming his circuits for the lack of excitement and overtaking.

Formula One Legend Sir Jackie Stewart even labeled Tilke’s track designs carbon copies of each other.

For the Baku circuit he has added a mix of angled corners as well as many tight left-right-left sequence corners. To keep the competition exciting Tilke has incorporated certain elements of his other well-known circuits like Istanbul Park and even Baku’s Turns 8, 9, 10 resembles the Singapore Sling.

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