November

05

Registration of Marshals for 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix starts

Baku Marshals Club, operating under Baku City Circuit, has launched the Marshals’ recruitment campaign for the 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to be held on April 26th – 28th 2019.

Baku City Circuit (BCC), promoter of the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix™, today welcomed the CEO & Executive Chairman of the Formula 1 Group, Chase Carey, to the 2019 Conference on the Benefits of Hosting Major Sports Events (BHMSE) at Baku’s Fairmont Hotel, located within the city’s iconic Flame Towers.

The day’s proceedings got off to a great start when Mr. Carey was joined by Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension that will see the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix remain on the F1 calendar until 2023. With the current agreement up for renewal in 2020, today’s announcement was welcomed by all parties and ensures that one of the most popular races in Formula 1 will continue to excite motorsport fans around the world for the foreseeable future.

Speaking afterwards, Mr. Rahimov celebrated the extension of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix’s contract with F1: “This is a truly proud day for all of us. The last few years have been a dream come true for the people of Baku as we have seen our race weekend grow from a simple idea into one of the most dramatic and exciting race weekends in F1’s history. Already, we have played host to some of the sport’s most iconic moments. Furthermore, every year we have seen more and more fans from all over the world attend the race and have been overwhelmed at how well our event has been embraced by the global Formula 1 community. I would also like to extend my special gratitude to Mr. Carey and everyone at Formula 1 for proving themselves to be such great friends to our race. This new agreement will allow our race to maximise its commercial revenues through increased fan-engagement activities and a brand-new sponsorship approach to engage our local and regional businesses with Formula 1’s global platform. With these exciting opportunities in mind, extending our contract was never in question and we are delighted to stay in this wonderful sport for another 5 years at least.

Chase Carey, also commented: “We are very pleased to have renewed this agreement which will see the Azerbaijan Grand Prix feature on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar for many years to come. In just a short space of time, this race has become one of the most popular of the season, always producing closely fought and spectacular racing. The Republic of Azerbaijan provides a really excellent welcome to everyone in Formula 1 and the beautiful city of Baku is an amazing backdrop for the greatest motor racing show in the world. All fans of our sport should make a note in the diary for the 28th April, the date of the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2019.”

Also representing the sport’s governing body alongside Mr. Carey, was Formula 1’s Senior Manager of Promoters and Business Relations, Emily Prazer.  She was joined by BCC’s Executive Director, Arif Rahimov, CEO of the Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Florian Sengstschmid and Heineken International’s Sponsorship Lead for Formula 1 & Formula E, Ben Pincus. Together they formed a lively and highly experienced panel discussing the beneficial impact of hosting major sporting events in new markets and the Formula 1’s position as a global brand platform.

The symposium, organized in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan – now in its third year– was attended by over 200 delegates and also featured stellar contributions from high-profile representatives including key figures from within the Azerbaijani government as well as its business, technology and travel industries.

All speakers also participated in a lively and engaging Q&A session with delegates and attending media.

For more information on how to purchase tickets and plan your stay in Baku for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 please visit: www.bakucitycircuit.com.

For more information, please, contact: media@bakugp.az

 

About Formula 1®

Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world's most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world's most popular annual sporting series: The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to December and spans 21 races in 21 countries across four continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1® and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™.

Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock. 

February

05

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Extends F1 Contract Until 2023

Chase Carey, CEO of the Formula 1® Group joins Baku City Circuit and leading Formula 1 sponsors at the BHMSE conference in Baku, where 3-year extension is officially signed

Baku City Circuit (BCC), promoter of the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix™, today welcomed the CEO & Executive Chairman of the Formula 1 Group, Chase Carey, to the 2019 Conference on the Benefits of Hosting Major Sports Events (BHMSE) at Baku’s Fairmont Hotel, located within the city’s iconic Flame Towers.

The day’s proceedings got off to a great start when Mr. Carey was joined by Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension that will see the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix remain on the F1 calendar until 2023. With the current agreement up for renewal in 2020, today’s announcement was welcomed by all parties and ensures that one of the most popular races in Formula 1 will continue to excite motorsport fans around the world for the foreseeable future.

Speaking afterwards, Mr. Rahimov celebrated the extension of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix’s contract with F1: “This is a truly proud day for all of us. The last few years have been a dream come true for the people of Baku as we have seen our race weekend grow from a simple idea into one of the most dramatic and exciting race weekends in F1’s history. Already, we have played host to some of the sport’s most iconic moments. Furthermore, every year we have seen more and more fans from all over the world attend the race and have been overwhelmed at how well our event has been embraced by the global Formula 1 community. I would also like to extend my special gratitude to Mr. Carey and everyone at Formula 1 for proving themselves to be such great friends to our race. This new agreement will allow our race to maximise its commercial revenues through increased fan-engagement activities and a brand-new sponsorship approach to engage our local and regional businesses with Formula 1’s global platform. With these exciting opportunities in mind, extending our contract was never in question and we are delighted to stay in this wonderful sport for another 5 years at least.

Chase Carey, also commented: “We are very pleased to have renewed this agreement which will see the Azerbaijan Grand Prix feature on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar for many years to come. In just a short space of time, this race has become one of the most popular of the season, always producing closely fought and spectacular racing. The Republic of Azerbaijan provides a really excellent welcome to everyone in Formula 1 and the beautiful city of Baku is an amazing backdrop for the greatest motor racing show in the world. All fans of our sport should make a note in the diary for the 28th April, the date of the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2019.”

Also representing the sport’s governing body alongside Mr. Carey, was Formula 1’s Senior Manager of Promoters and Business Relations, Emily Prazer.  She was joined by BCC’s Executive Director, Arif Rahimov, CEO of the Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Florian Sengstschmid and Heineken International’s Sponsorship Lead for Formula 1 & Formula E, Ben Pincus. Together they formed a lively and highly experienced panel discussing the beneficial impact of hosting major sporting events in new markets and the Formula 1’s position as a global brand platform.

The symposium, organized in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan – now in its third year– was attended by over 200 delegates and also featured stellar contributions from high-profile representatives including key figures from within the Azerbaijani government as well as its business, technology and travel industries.

All speakers also participated in a lively and engaging Q&A session with delegates and attending media.

For more information on how to purchase tickets and plan your stay in Baku for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 please visit: www.bakucitycircuit.com.

For more information, please, contact: media@bakugp.az

 

About Formula 1®

Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world's most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world's most popular annual sporting series: The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to December and spans 21 races in 21 countries across four continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1® and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™.

Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock. 

February

14

BCC Academy Celebrated on National Youth Day

February 2nd, 2019 marked the annual celebration of National Youth Day of the Azerbaijan Republic which also saw the Baku City Circuit Academy lauded by Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports for its impressive work in providing high-level training to so many Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix volunteers.

Founded in 2017 - notably on the same day as National Youth Day – the BCC Academy not only prepares the volunteers for the F1 race weekend but also supports their personal and professional progress by organizing and implementing regular training seminars on a variety of useful and related topics. Every year, the academy helps educate about 3,000 volunteers, providing them with new knowledge and skills that they will carry with them into their future professional and personal lives.

An additional and vital part of the BCC Academy’s goals is to see its Volunteers flourish once they enter the professional work environment, making use of the skills they have learned at the various seminars provided by the Academy as well as via the experience gained from working during such a major event as a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

 

With this specific goal in mind, the BCC Academy hosted the ‘Small Steps to a Great Opportunity’ Career Fair on October 5th 2018, where its Volunteers could discover information on available internship and job opportunities with companies from across the region. As a direct result, more than 900 volunteers managed to find internship or full-time placements with businesses that were presenting at the fair.