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Sochi Circuit on track for 2014 Russian Grand Prix - April 18, 2013 by admin

the Sochi circuit as it will appear in 2014

How the finished track will appear: Image from Formula Sochi



Many thought the plans to build the Sochi Circuit and the Winter Olympics venue on the same site, and to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and inaugural Russian Grand Prix in the Black Sea port in the same year, were ambitious. The race promoter, Formula Sochi’s’, Operations Director Oleg Zabara has given an update however confirming that things are on schedule with work taking place 24 hours a day on the track.


At one point it had been planned that the track surface would only be placed after the Winter Olympics in February, with the Russian Grand Prix planned for Autumn 2014 at the Sochi Olympic Park, with much of the same infrastructure set to be used. Next week though David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel will sample a section of the track for Infiniti; in an event similar to that held on the streets of Port Imperial that will hold the Grand Prix of America next year.


According to Zabara “Now the construction project goes with two main directions – track surface is first, while buildings are second,…..The first layer of asphalt has been laid on 60 per cent of the 5.8 km lap. We simply can’t do more just now because of Olympic stadiums and pedestrian bridges.”


The really hard work then will presumably begin after the Winter Olympics at Sochi Olympic Park in February when the contractors will have around 7 months to complete the circuit ready for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, which is likely to take place in September or October, potentially as the last race in Europe before the fly away races. Which race will lose its place on the calender in 2014 remains to be seen but the Hungarian Grand Prix would appear to be the front runner.

Russian Grand Prix fears may be unfounded - May 22, 2012 by admin
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”.

 

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