2014 Russian Grand Prix
|Race 16 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season|
Layout of the Sochi Autodrom
|Date||12 October 2014|
|Official name||2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix|
Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.853 km (3.637 mi)
|Distance||53 laps, 310.209 km (192.791 mi)|
The 2014 Russian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix; Russian: 2014 Формула-1 Гран-при России) is a Formula One motor race that is due to take place on 12 October 2014. The race, which will be contested over fifty-three laps, will be held at the Sochi Autodrom, a brand-new circuit built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. It will be the sixteenth round of the 2014 season, marks the first Russian Grand Prix in a century, and will be the first time the race has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.
With the circuit being built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee voiced concerns that construction of the circuit would interrupt preparations for the Olympics, and so were given the power to delay the race until 2015 if preparations for the race interfered with the Winter Olympics; the first time a sporting federation outside the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile had such power over a Grand Prix. However, the Olympic Games started without interruption, and the IOC did not exercise their power. FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting inspected the circuit in the week before the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix and gave it the FIA's final seal of approval, allowing the race to go ahead.
Following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 and allegations of Russian involvement in the incident, there were calls from the British Conservative Party for Formula One to abandon the race as part of sanctions placed on the Russian government, as the race was established with financial support from the government. When responding to questions about the race—and humanitarian concerns over the revival of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan given the country's human rights record—Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner refused to offer any kind of judgement, pointing out that it was the responsibility of the FIA to monitor the situation and act accordingly. Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the sport's commercial rights holder, publicly stated that he had "no doubts" about the race taking place in the wake of the crash, and distanced the sport from ongoing political debates.
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