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In numbers - the European Grand Prix

15 Jun 2016

Did you know that Baku is lowest-lying capital in the world? Or that it will be only the sixth official host venue of the European Grand Prix? We present the key stats and figures ahead of this weekend's historic race...


The year the maiden Grand Prix of Europe took place, at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom.



The number of times the European Grand Prix has been run prior to this weekend's inaugural race in Azerbaijan.



The number of venues - in addition to Baku and Brands Hatch - to have staged the event. They are the Nurburgring in Germany, Donington Park in the UK, and the Spanish venues of Jerez and Valencia.


The Nurburgring has hosted the European Grand Prix a record dozen times (1984, 1995-6, 1999-2007), followed by Valencia on five occasions (2008-2012). On two races apiece are Brands Hatch (1983, 1985) and Jerez (1994, 1997), while Donington has featured just once (1993).



Ayrton Senna's winning margin, in seconds, at that sole Donington race, which remains arguably the most famous Grand Prix of Europe, thanks in large part to the Brazilian's stunning opening lap. In treacherous conditions Senna overtook the cars of Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger, Damon Hill and Alain Prost.



Schumacher may have been beaten that day, but he has highest win count in the European Grand Prix with six victories. Next up is Fernando Alonso on three, followed by Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel on two apiece.



The number of one-time European Grand Prix victors. They are Mika Hakkinen, Johnny Herbert, Nigel Mansell, Felipe Massa, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Ralf Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Jacques Villeneuve.



The daunting top speed, in km/h, which cars are expected to hit around the Baku City Circuit - more specifically, down the main straight along the city's picturesque seaside boulevard. The anticlockwise track features 20 corners and is set to be the fastest street circuit on the F1 calendar.


The frighteningly small track width, in metres, through what looks certain to become Baku's trademark sequence of corners - the narrow, uphill section comprising Turns 8 to 11 which winds upwards past the city's Old Town walls.



The number of metres - below sea level - that Baku is located. In fact it is the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. 



The approximate percentage of the globe's oil being supplied by Azerbaijan at the beginning of the 20th century, after one of the world's first bona fide oil wells was drilled just south of Baku.



The expected lap distance, in kilometres, for the Baku City Circuit - making it the second longest track on the F1 calendar after Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.


The predicted time, in seconds, for a 2016 Formula One car to complete a lap of the Baku City Circuit.




The grid position from which the last European Grand Prix was won, when Fernando Alonso - then with Ferrari - took an emotional victory on home soil in Valencia.



The height, in metres, of Baku's famous giant national flag, named in the Guinness World Records Book as the tallest unsupported flagpole. It stands just next to next to Crystal Hall, which was built specifically for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and has also played host to Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Shakira.