One of the straights:

Work on one of the straights: photo courtesy of Omega2014

The Russian Government have played down speculation that a reshuffle in local government for the Krasnodar region may put paid to plans for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix with reports that work on there circuit had stopped.

 

To be fair the circuit isn’t due to be completed until after the 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sochi Olympic Park site taking place early in the year with the Sochi Olympic Park circuit set to only then have the track surface laid and buildings converted for use on what will be a permanent track.

 

Unlike many recent new races plans have been laid for the Russian Grand Prix long before the inaugural race is due as it has always been planned as part of the project to build the Sochi Olympic venue as a centre for sports that would continue to bring tourists and sports enthusiasts to the Black Sea port for years to come.

 

Since the race was first planned Russian driver Vitaly Petrov has come on to the scene as well that should boost interest and enthusiasm as should Anglo-Russian team Marussia who have already done demonstration runs in Moscow as have Ferrari and McLaren in the past: F1 teams certainly want to be in Russia with the huge potentials for sponsorship and investment here.

 

It is true that some supporters of the race in the Krasnodar government lost their jobs in a March reshuffle but the development is well developed, Russian Automobile federation advisor Igor Yermilin certainly thinks there is no doubt the race will happen saying: “Our country has never failed in delivering such big international events”.