From gear changes to corner speeds, and tips for our gaming community, our track guide is the home of F1 geekery.
|Track length||6.003km/3.730 miles (the second longest of the year)|
|2016 pole position||Nico Rosberg, 1m42.758s|
|2016 fastest lap||Nico Rosberg, 1m46.485s (lap 48)|
|Lap record||1:46.485s (Nico Rosberg, 2016)|
|Distance to Turn One||202m/0.126 miles (longest of the season: Barcelona 730m/0.454 miles)|
|Longest straight||2.1km/1.305 miles, on the approach to Turn One (longest of the season)|
|Top speed||370km/h/230mph, on the approach to Turn One (fastest of the season)|
|Full throttle||56 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)|
|Fuel consumption||2kg per lap, which is high|
|ERS demands||High, due to lots of full-deployment|
|Gear changes||62 per lap/3,162 per race|
The Baku City Circuit is all about straight-line speed and slow-corner grip. Downforce levels are the second-lowest of the year, after Monza, but Baku has no high-speed corners to put energy through the tyres. The engineering challenge is to shave off as much downforce as possible, while ensuring the tyres are worked hard enough to remain in their operating window.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
The amount they use the kerbs and particularly the outside kerb on the approach to Turn 15. The corner has a narrow, downhill approach and a driver needs to use all of the available road on entry to be quick. But beware: carry too much speed in and you risk hitting the outside barrier at the exit.
Trickiest bits for the driver
Braking for Turn One. The car has been flat-out, at speeds of up to 365km/h (227mph), for the previous two kilometres (1.243 miles), so the brakes are cold when the driver uses them. It’s easy to lock a wheel in these conditions.
Low downforce in an effort to maximise top speeds on the long pit straight, with a relatively soft suspension set-up to allow the drives to use the kerbs.
Low. Baku is a street circuit that’s used just once a year. Grip levels are poor to begin with, but conditions improve as the racing line cleans up and rubber gets laid down.
Red Supersoft, yellow Soft, white Medium – the third time this combination has been used in 2017.
Medium. There are six significant braking events around the lap, the hardest into Turn One.
Tips if you're a gamer
Don’t take off too much downforce. If you do, you’ll be fast along the pit straight, but you’ll suffer around the rest of the lap because the car won’t work the tyres hard enough to keep them in their operating window. And look out for corners eight to 12, near the medieval wall: the corners are blind and there’s a nasty camber change at the exit. Go carefully through there!