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5 things to know about the European GP

Dhruv George
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913   //    17 Jun 2016, 22:30 IST

The European Grand Prix is a prestigious event in the history of the Formula One Calendar. It was first introduced in the 1980s but became a regular feature from 1999 until 2012. After a hiatus of 3 years, the European GP will be reinstated on the calendar at a brand new venue that is Baku. So here are 5 things you need to know about the European GP.

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The first European GP was held in Brands Hatch in 1983 and was won by Nelson Piquet

The very first European GP was held in Brands Hatch in 1983 and was won by Nelson Piquet. The next and only other time that Brands Hatch hosted the European GP was in 1985 and was won by Nigel Mansell, much to the delight of the British fans.

In 1984, Brands Hatch was unable to host the European GP, so the alternate venue was a shortened version of the Nordschleife. After a brief gap from 1986 to 1992, the very next year in 1993, the venue shifted back to Great Britain but this time at Donington Park and the race was won by the late great Ayrton Senna.

In 1994 the race was held in Jerez before returning to the Nurburgring for the next 2 years. In 1997 the Grand Prix made its final appearance in Jerez before moving to Nurburgring for good until 2008. That year the paddock was back in Spain but at the Valencia Street Circuit until 2012. Now in 2016 after a brief hiatus, the European GP is back but in Azerbaijan.

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