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Volunteer Registration Begins for F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku

By Timucin Turksoy April 6, 2024

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A track marshal waves Azerbaijan's flag during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6, 2021 / AP Photo

The Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCCOC) has announced the commencement of the volunteer registration phase for the upcoming Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. According to the BCCOC, the city of Baku is set to host the race for the eighth time, with plans to enlist the support of 1,500 volunteers to facilitate the event's organization.

Volunteers who successfully navigate the selection process will be assigned to various areas including human resources, workforce, media operations, grandstands, track, office, and airport operations, among other roles.

Irana Ahmadova, head of the Human Resources and Workforce Department at BCCOC, emphasized the importance of training for volunteers.

"As you may know, the BCC Academy operates under the auspices of the Baku City Circuit Operations Company. Just like in previous years, we plan to conduct various training sessions aimed at the personal and professional development of our volunteers in addition to the race preparations. The goal of these training sessions is to enhance team spirit among the youth, improve their ability to work in teams, and contribute to their future development," Azertag quotes Ahmadova as saying.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from September 13 to 15 as the 13th race on the 2024 Formula 1 calendar. Last year’s racing competition in Baku on April 28-30 saw Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Perez clinch the title.

The first Formula One Grand Prix was held in Azerbaijan as the European Grand Prix in 2016. A year later, in 2017, Baku City Circuit hosted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The following episodes of the race took place in April 2018 and April 2019. In 2020, the tournament was postponed in a joint decision by the officials at BCC, FIA, and the government of Azerbaijan due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, the F1 race in Baku took place without an audience. The action-packed 2022 Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to take on the highest stand on the podium of winners in Baku.

The Baku City Circuit racetrack runs through several major streets of Baku, close to the main promenade along the Caspian Sea. Along with many long straights that make it the “fastest street circuit in the world,” the Baku circuit challenges the drivers with an extremely narrow section next to the Old City walls, a historical site in the centre of Baku. Measured 6.003 kilometers in length, the Baku City Circuit is the second-longest on the current F1 calendar after Spa Francorchamps (7.004km) in Belgium.