Azerbaijan gov't interested in running/sponsoring F1 team

Azerbaijan gov't interested in taking over or backing a Formula 1 team, sports minister says

Azerbaijan gov't interested in running/sponsoring F1 team

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Azerbaijan's sports minister says he wants a Formula One team to be run under the national flag, adding the government would support any companies interested in the project.

Oil-rich Azerbaijan will host its first grand prix next year on a street circuit in the capital, Baku, but has almost no history of participating in motor sport, whether with teams or drivers.

Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said the government would be "very interested" in seeing an Azerbaijan-flagged team compete, or one of the existing teams running with Azerbaijani sponsorship.

The idea was not government policy, and would depend on businesses becoming involved, he said, but added "we will be totally supporting" any private investment.

Updated : 2021-01-28 11:35 GMT+08:00