F1 official: “We have been in touch with UEFA over the last year regarding the date of 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix”

F1 official: “We have been in touch with UEFA over the last year regarding the date of 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix”
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“Baku was an interesting one for us because it is one of 12 cities hosting Euro 2020 matches next summer and we have been in touch with UEFA over the last year or so, just trying to avoid being in cities where they are, largely because of a lack of hotel rooms and tourism resources", says Chloe Targett-Adams, Formula 1 Global Director of Promoters and Business Relations, APA reports citing official website of F1.

“When we did it before it was very challenging,” says Chloe Targett-Adams. “You need a bit more time going into a first race, which is why it made sense for 2020 it made sense for Vietnam to a standalone race and for Zandvoort to be before Barcelona.

Azerbaijan’s street circuit played host to round four of the 2019 campaign, but has been shuffled back from April to the summer, to the delight of the promoters, for the first time since it held its first race in 2016. It will be a huge time for sport in Baku in June, with the capital city also hosting three Group Stage matches and a quarter-final match of football’s Euro 2020. Previously, it had held a slot where it was the second race in a back-to-back with Canada. Many teams in Formula 1 found challenging, given the huge shift in timezones.

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