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The grand prix of Azerbaijan is a unique one by any account. It has the longest straight on the F1 calendar, and also twists and winds through an old castle complex.

The track itself if reasonably technical during its first and second sectors, which means you would ideally want to run a medium to high downforce setup. However due to the super long straight every team is forced in to running a low downforce setup. Optimising your setup to incorporate as much downforce as possible without hampering your top speed is crucial at Baku.

Another factor to consider is your tyre wear. Being a point and squirt circuit made up of a mixture of 90 degree corners will hurt your rear tyres a lot. To minimise this tyre wear you will want to run an open differential setup throughout a race weekend. Although in time trial mode you can lock the differential more to give you the best traction out of the corners.

Similar to the Australian grand prix, you will find yourself riding a lot of kerbs around the streets of Baku. This means you should soften your setup as much as you can. All in all, your Baku setup should look like a slightly tweaked Monza setup with top speeds being king here.


How To Best Drive The Baku Grand Prix Circuit

What Does Well Done Baku Mean?

Well done Baku is a reference to the signage that was used at the first ever Baku Grand Prix in 2016. There were numerous signs saying 'Well done Baku' around the track. The phrase went on to be used ironically because the first ever Baku Grand Prix was very uneventful.

What is the longest straight on the F1 calendar?

The longest straight in F1 is the Neftchilar Avenue straight in Baku which is 2.2 kilometers long.

How do i drive the castle section at Baku?

No doubt the hardest section around the Baku track is the tight and twisty castle section. You need to brake late in to the corner entering the castle, but ensure you make it through this section. You can take it slowly through here as you are at no risk of being overtaken. Try not to accelerate too hard out of the uphill castle chicane other wise you will spin your rear wheels.