Formula One Russian Grand Prix 2014
Sochi International Street Circuit, formerly known as Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, is a part of a venue used for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic Park and the racing circuit is located in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia ner the southern border. Formula One Russian Grand Prix 2014 will take place in the autumn after the games. The International Olympic Committee have publicly announced that the race will be postponed for a year if construction of the circuit interferes with preparations for the Olympics. However, Hermann Tilke, the German track designer, has promised that the circuit will be ready in time.
Sochi circuit is integrated in the public road network and will consist of two circuits. The long circuit is to be used only for Formula 1, the short circuit is supposed to function throughout the year to host multiple motorsport events. The surface will not be laid until after the closing ceremony of the Olympics. The large lap, including 1.7 kilometers of public roads, will be 5.85 kilometers long and feature 19 corners, 12 right-handers and 7 left-handers. The track width varies from 13 to 15 meters and the direction is clockwise. The track’s combination of straights and really fast corners will make it to one of the fastest Formula One tracks. The top speed is expected to be about 320 km/h.
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone signed a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin in October 2010 for Sochi to host the Russian Grand Prix from 2014 to 2020. The Russian government will spend about 200 million dollars to build the circuit that will host the country's first ever Formula 1 grand prix. It fulfilled a long-held ambition of Putin’s for Russia to be part of the multi-million dollar Grand Prix circuit, former attempts to stage a race at Moscow and St Petersburg having failed.