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Sochi International Circuit

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02/01/2016

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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DETAILS

Sochi International Circuit

Olympic Park
Imeretinskaya lowland
Adler district
Sochi, Krasnodar region
354000
Russia

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Official website:
www.sochiautodrom.ru

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2016)

Length:

5.848km (3.634miles)

Race laps:

53

2015 winner:

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Configuration:

Clockwise

First GP:

2014

Lap record:

1:40.071 (Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2015)

Type:

Street Circuit

Total races:

2

BIOGRAPHY

The Sochi International Street Circuit is similar to Canada's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in that it will run around a venue used for Olympic competition; in this case, the Sochi Olympic Park site, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The inaugural race will take place in October 2014, the first year of a seven-year contract agreed on October 14, 2010, between Bernie Ecclestone and OJSC Centre Omega in the presence of Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

The Sochi circuit marks the end of a thirty-year campaign for a Russian Grand Prix, with plans for a 'Grand Prix of the Soviet Union' originating as early as 1983 before being abandoned for "bureaucratic reasons" and several failed attempts in the intervening years.

The 3.633 miles (5.848 km) circuit will be the third-longest circuit on the Formula One calendar, behind Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone and is built around the Sochi Olympic Park 'coastal cluster', a collection of venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics that will host ice hockey, speed skating and the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. The track surface will not be laid until after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics.

The circuit will start on the northern edge of the Olympic Park near the train station, running down to the cemetery, then around central 'medals plaza', the podium for Olympic medals presentations. The circuit will circle the plaza and head east to the Bolshoi Ice Dome and navigate a series of tight corners before turning north where it will skirt the edge of the Olympic Park, above the main Olympic Village and the Adler Arena Skating Centre. It will then pass the skating and curling centres, before funnelling up behind the pit paddock toward the train station, and completing a circuit with a one hundred and eighty degree bend. Some 1.1 mile (1.7 km) of the circuit length takes place on public roads.

"The circuit is going to be very fast and technical and offers a number of interesting features," said Hermann Tilke, who helped design the track. "It is a fantastic facility with a great atmosphere and it will be outstanding as the circuit will run through the Olympic Park. I am very optimistic about the future of the unique race track in Sochi and am looking forward to a triumphant start of Formula 1 in Russia."

Fast Facts - Provided by the FIA

Valtteri Bottas' Sochi Autodrom lap record of 1:40.896 is the only fastest lap of his F1 career to date. He set it on lap 53, the final lap of the 2014 race, beating the 1:41.360 of Nico Rosberg, set the previous lap. Rosberg had made his only pit stop at the end of lap one, swapping from the soft to the medium tyre. He therefore set his fastest lap on 51-lap old tyres.

The Sochi lap record is one of three on the current F1 calendar held by Williams. The other two are Sepang and Interlagos, both set by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2004. Williams also hold the lap record at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, courtesy of Nigel Mansell – though that record is archived, the track having changed.

All 19 drivers to complete the 2014 Russian Grand Prix set their personal best lap time towards the end of the 53-lap race – specifically between laps 42 and 53. Sixteen ran a one-stop race, including all 10 points-scoring drivers. Of the top ten, only Sergio Pérez (10th) set his PB on the (faster) soft tyre.

The Sochi Autodrom, at 5.848km is one of the longer circuits on the current F1 calendar. Only Spa (7.004km) and Silverstone (5.891km) are longer.

The Sochi Autodrom tours the Olympic park created for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It is one of several F1 circuits with an Olympic connection. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosted the road team time trial cycling event at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, and the back straight of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve runs adjacent to the Olympic rowing basin used in the 1976 Montreal Summer Games. Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, in which the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is located, hosted many events at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

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