Time zone: BST +3 / CET +2
Baku is 2,465 miles (3,967km) from the McLaren Technology Centre.
There are no commercial flights that fly direct from the UK to Azerbaijan, which is why the team flies on a special Formula 1 charter flight. It flies from London Luton to Baku on the Wednesday prior to the race and brings the team back home on the Monday afterwards.
Biggest travel headache?
Everyone attending the event needs a visa, but once in Baku the logistics are some of the easiest of the year. The Hilton Hotel is situated within walking distance of the F1 paddock.
Baku is located 28 metres below sea level, making it the lowest-lying national capital in the world.
Fisinjan, an ancient dish of Persian origins. It’s a meat stew (either chicken, lamb or beef) and it’s served in a dark sauce that’s made with plums, pomegranate molasses, walnuts, red onions, salt and sugar.
When in Rome…
Why not jump into a Baku taxi? They are purple London-style cabs, known locally as eggplants, and are operated by the government.
The weather in summer can be sweltering. The city enjoys an average of 300 hours of sunshine in June alone and, unsurprisingly, the forecast for the race is for 29 degrees and sunshine.