All needed steps taken to hold F1 in Azerbaijan at high level – Anar Alakbarov
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 23
All the necessary measures have been taken this year to hold the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at a high-level and in safe conditions, said President of the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation Anar Alakbarov in an interview with Trend.
This is the second year Azerbaijan hosts the Formula 1 race, noted Alakbarov adding that this year’s race is the eighth round of the Formula 1 World Championship and it is called the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“In accordance with regulations, the work for holding the tournament has been done in cooperation with the International Automobile Federation. Contracts covering the division of responsibility and security issues have been signed, official procedures have been carried out to include the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix into the international race calendar, and the necessary certificates about the required medical equipment and the work done to even more increase the circuit safety have been presented by the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation to the International Automobile Federation,” he said.
As last year, the organizational work is being carried out by the Baku City Circuit Operations Company in a close cooperation with the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation, noted Alakbarov.
“An operations team has been set up for the racing tournament, more than 3,000 volunteers have been involved in the work, a vast promotion campaign has been carried out, and work has been done to construct the racing circuit,” he added. “I believe all the members of the team involved in this work will contribute to successfully holding this racing event by fully using the experience they gained in training and the tournaments, in which they participated.”
Alakbarov went on to say that this year Azerbaijan will host the GP2 Series, to be held on the same days as the Formula 1.
“These are the series featuring junior drivers. The drivers successfully participating in these racing competitions get an opportunity to take part in the future Formula 1 races. Therefore, there is often quite a tough competition in these racing events,” he said.
The Azerbaijan Automobile Federation regularly carries out large-scale promotion campaigns as part of cooperation with the International Automobile Federation on traffic safety enhancement, noted the Federation’s president.
“During the Formula 1 days, the Federation is taking measures to promote traffic safety, having taken into account the public attention to these races. In order to reduce the number of fatal traffic accidents, the global campaign held on the eve of the Formula 1 races with participation of famous athletes, artists and public figures, are also being held in our country,” said Alakbarov.
Alakbarov added that the promotional campaign is going on across the city.
The project’s goal is to call on drivers to be more careful when driving and to follow traffic rules,” he added. “The campaign, held under the #3500lives slogan, reminds traffic participants about the deaths of around 3,500 people in traffic accidents worldwide every day, and shows that preventing the accidents is in the hands of traffic participants.”