Eurovision: Baku's beauty wins over F1

The race may have been a little uneventful, despite the tricky circuit (ask Lewis Hamilton about that one), but Azerbaijan's inaugural Formula 1 race in Baku was a visual feast.

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Grand Soviet-era buildings line parts of the circuit, which is also overlooked by more modern, oil-financed, architecture

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The track wound its way through the city's medieval old town, where Lewis Hamilton uncharacteristically crashed in qualifying

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Always good to have a castle next to your track

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Sea view. Tick. We'll see your Mediterranean, Monaco, for this Caspian view

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Baku-street boys - the baroque verandas shake to the sound of the turbos

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Even the temporary seating added a splash of colour

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The kerbs were cutting some teams' tyres during practice. Pretty colours, though

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It's not yet clear if the residents found the noise of the grand prix an annoyance

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The frequent appearance of cats by the barriers seemed to indicate their approval