Though ostensibly a street track, the Baku layout is dominated by long straights - which makes this weekend's European Grand Prix a unique headache for Formula 1 teams.
Like most new circuits, it's designed by Hermann Tilke and it bears many of his hallmarks: long straights ending in heavy braking for tight turns. But the pattern also goes in a new direction. While confined by the architecture of Baku, the layout is sometimes tight and twisty but other sections are wide and flat-out.
Even the surface is all-new asphalt. It's not without ridges and bumps, but it's a step above basic road surface, albeit with white lines and manhole covers.