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Sochi International Circuit



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Sochi International Circuit

Olympic Park
Imeretinskaya lowland
Adler district
Sochi, Krasnodar region



Official website:



5.848km (3.634miles)

Race laps:


2016 winner:

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)



First GP:


Lap record:

1:39.094 (Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 2016)


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."

Fast Facts - Provided by the FIA

2016 is the third Formula One Russian Grand Prix. The races in 2014 and 2015 were both won by Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes. Hamilton won from pole in 2014 and P2 in 2015 when team-mate Nico Rosberg qualified in P1.

Having started seventh in 2015, Force India's Sergio Pérez finished the race third - the furthest back a podium finisher has started in Sochi.

Rosberg comes to Sochi having won six consecutive races. Michael Schumacher has a string of six and another of seven. At the top of the list are Sebastian Vettel and (discounting the Indy500) Alberto Ascari with strings of nine.

The Chinese Grand Prix saw Rosberg take his 10th victory from pole. He is now joint tenth on the all-time list for this particular achievement, tied with Mika Hakkinen. Schumacher tops the list with 40 wins from pole position.

One unwanted record for Rosberg: China was his 17th Formula One victory, overtaking Stirling Moss as the most successful driver without a world championship to his name. Nigel Mansell became World Champion shortly after his 29th win. At the other end of the scale, Nico's father Keke holds the record for the fewest victories before becoming World Champion, having just one win to his name when he was crowned.

Before the outbreak of the First World War, two Russian Grands Prix were held in Saint Petersburg. Georgy Suvorin won in 1913 and Willy Scholl in 2014. Both were driving for Benz - thus the modern Mercedes-Benz can claim a clean sweep of victories in Russia. They also clinched the Constructors' Championship at Sochi in both 2014 and 2015.

Three of the four engine manufacturers were present on the podium in China, with Mercedes, winning, Ferrari second and Renault third. This is only the second time that has happened in the hybrid era: the only other occasion was the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix where the order was reversed.

Emphasising the low degradation in Sochi, every finisher in 2014 set his personal best in the last 10 laps of the race. In 2015 Max Verstappen was the only exception. Verstappen is the only driver to score in Russia from a two-stop strategy. The other 19 points positions have gone to one-stoppers.

Of the three rookies taking part this weekend, Pascal Wehrlein is the only one racing in Sochi for the first time. Rio Haryanto took part in 2014 and 2015's brace of GP2 races, failing to score in 2014 but finishing fifth in the 2015 feature race and second in the sprint. Jolyon Palmer won the feature race in 2014 and in doing so took the GP2 title. He drove for Lotus in FP1 last year.

Daniil (Dany) Vyacheslavovich Kvyat follows Vitaly Petrov as the second Russian to race in the Formula One World Championship. Racing for Toro Rosso he finished 14th in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Last year for Red Bull Racing he finished fifth, his team's best result at the Sochi Autodrom.

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