Azerbaijan debut set for evening race

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016
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The returning European Grand Prix, which will take place in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, is set to be run as an evening race this summer.

Formula 1 will visit the streets of Baku for the first time this June, as part of a back-to-back event with the preceding Canadian Grand Prix.

Sky Sports has confirmed that, following the release of the start times for this year's sessions, qualifying and the race in Azerbaijan will begin at 18:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

It means that the start of Saturday's one-hour qualifying session will clash with the start of the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.

Twilight is set to be approaching towards the end of the race in Azerbaijan though it is not yet clear whether the organisers intend to install lighting in case of any potential delay.

Following Jules Bianchi's ultimately fatal accident in Japan in 2014, the FIA suggested that every race must start with a four hour window before sunset.

Sunset in Baku on June 19th is set for 21:14, three-and-a-quarter hours after the planned race start.

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