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The new Formula One venue in Azerbaijan's capital Baku will be the world's fastest street circuit according to its designer.
Hermann Tilke has predicted that his racetrack, which will host its first-ever grand prix on 19th June, will be the fastest of its type in the world.
"Baku City Circuit stands out due to many factors," he told the circuit's official website. "Baku, of course, is not comparable with any of the permanent circuits, because it is a city circuit - but even when compared to city circuits Baku is unique. Baku City Circuit is expected be the fastest street circuit on the F1 calendar.
"The track loop around the city's historical centre will create a unique and remarkable atmosphere for fans watching in the grandstands and at home - this is exactly what makes it so appealing.
"There is no track like [it] - it will be one of the most exciting ones on the calendar. [It] will be the world’s fastest city circuit."
Fernando Alonso meanwhile, in Baku to help launch the event, agreed with Tilke.
"It is unique, you cannot compare it to other circuits," he said. "It's good both for drivers and in terms of the show for spectators.
"Here you have the opportunity for overtaking, many different actions, very high speeds - around 340 km an hour, it is first time in the history that a street track will reach this high speed. It is the fastest street track and it will be an unbelievable show."