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Sochi International Circuit



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Sochi International Circuit




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5.848km (3.634miles)

Race laps:


2014 winner:

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)



First GP:


Lap record:

1:40.896 (Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 2014)


Street Circuit

Total races:



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."

As well as the Russian-owned Marussia team, which finished tenth in the 2013 Constructors' Championship, local interest in F1 will be boosted by Daniil Kvyat who drives for Toro Rosso and Sergey Sirotkin who is test and reserve driver with Sauber.

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