Venturing into new and unconventional territories, such as Azerbaijan, is not a new phenomenon - Formula 1 has held grands prix at a horse racing track and a Las Vegas car park before now.
Few of them have lasted, so will F1 still be going to Baku in 10 years' time? Who knows, but here's a few races that have been and gone...
Horsepower at Aintree
Watch the cliffs!
Failing to hit the jackpot at Caesar's
Let's forget the motor city
Even JR couldn't save Dallas
The farce of Indianapolis
Not a Turkey but Istanbul didn't last
India goes to the dogs
Bad Korea move
Singapore shines under the lights
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