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Formula 1’s Newest Track Drives Past An Actual Castle

Say what you want about the 2016 European Grand Prix. Say that it was scheduled on purpose to clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans because Bernie didn’t like the idea of some of the drivers getting more recognition in sportscar racing than in his Formula 1. Say any of the 1.76 trillion conspiracy theories surrounding the choice to race on the Baku City Street Course. The fact is based on the video below the track looks pretty good. Unlike most street circuits it looks like it has room and is set up to create passing opportunities. The course is long, at 3.7 miles only Spa is a longer lap. Not to mention there are many buildings that get up close and personal with the race course including an actual real life castle. While the scheduling may not be perfect the actual track has peaked my interest. The European Grand Prix weekend kicks off June 17th with race day June 19th.

About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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