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F1 race director Charlie Whiting completes latest Baku inspection

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has no doubt Baku will be ready to host its debut grand prix in June following his latest inspection of the street circuit this week

Azerbaijan's capital city is scheduled to host the Grand Prix of Europe on June 17-19, with Whiting applauding the work done so far.

"The circuit will be ready. You can see the quality of all the installations wherever you look," said Whiting.

"My next trip to Baku will be at the beginning of June and I'm expecting to be able to say it will be ready then.

"If I had to compare one circuit to this one, it would be Singapore, but the speed here will be much higher."

Double world champion Fernando Alonso conducted his own visit to Baku earlier this year, with the McLaren driver expecting a top speed of around 340kmh.

Circuit executive director Arif Rahimov is confident Whiting will not be disappointed when he makes his final visit early next month.

Rahimov said: "We are delighted by Mr Whiting's positive findings during his visit to Baku City circuit.

"We were confident the FIA would be impressed by the progress we have made so far and to have this confirmed is a source of great pride for all of our team.

"Now it is up to us to ensure we see this job through to the finish line and guarantee that upon his next visit in early June he will be able to declare the circuit fully ready to host a Formula 1 race.

"We know this will be the case and we will continue to work hard to make this a truly unforgettable and spectacular event for all fans watching from our grandstands and on television at home."

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