Azerbaijan seeks name change for Baku race

Tue Oct 4, 2016 8:42am EDT
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(Reuters) - The European Formula One Grand Prix in Baku is set to be renamed the Azerbaijani Grand Prix next season after organizers requested the change.

"We hope the next race will be held under the name of the Azerbaijani Grand Prix," the country's Trend news agency quoted Baku City Circuit marketing and communications head Nigar Arpadarai as saying.

"We successfully held Formula One in the capital for the first time. Therefore, it is time to link the name of this stage with our country."

Arpadarai, who said Formula One management had no objections to the name change, said the original purpose of the European designation was to emphasize the country's links to the continent.

Azerbaijan hosted its first Formula One race in June.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)

Formula One - Grand Prix of Europe - Baku, Azerbaijan - 19/6/16 - Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany crosses the finish line. REUTERS/Zurab Kurtsikidze/Pool