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Construction Work For Baku's Temporary F1 Street Circuit Set To Kick Off This Week

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 30 / 15

Construction work for next year’s F1 grand prix on the streets of Baku is set to kick off this week. Track designer Hermann Tilke, who drew up the 6km circuit in Azerbaijan’s capital, told SBD Global that construction on the project will start immediately after the European Games. &ldquo...

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European Games Won Over Doubters

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B4 Capital Retains Coppa Italia Rights

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