2014 Russian Grand Prix

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Race details[1]
Race 16 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Layout of the Sochi Autodrom
Layout of the Sochi Autodrom
Date 12 October 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
Location Sochi Autodrom,
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;[1] Russian: Гран-при России 2014 года) 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.

The race will be the sixteenth round of the 2014 season, and marks the first time that the Russian Grand Prix has been held in a century. The 2014 race will also be the first time the Russian Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the championship was formed in 1950.



The Sochi Autodrom was built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi. Seen here is the exit of Turn 5, opposite the Medals Plaza.

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;[2] 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.[3]

In September 2014, the circuit hosted a round of the Russian Touring Car Championship as preparation for the Grand Prix.[4][5]


Formula One Administration CEO Bernie Ecclestone (foreground, right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (background) at the formal announcement of the Russian Grand Prix in October 2014.[6][N 1]

Following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, allegations of Russian involvement in the incident and the Russian military intervention in the country, there were calls from the British Conservative Party for Formula One to abandon the race as part of sanctions placed on the Russian government,[7] as the race was established with financial support from the government.[6] 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 recordRed 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;[8] a position supported by Mercedes director Toto Wolff.[9] 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,[10] and distanced the sport from ongoing political debates.[11]



Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin will make his Formula One début when he drives for Sauber in the first free practice session.[9]

Tyre supplier Pirelli announced that they would be providing teams with their medium-compound tyre as a "Prime" tyre and the soft-compound as the "Option", continuing the trend of making conservative tyre choices for the first race at a new venue.[12]


  1. ^ Also pictured is Mikhail Kapirulin (foreground, left), a representative of the Krasnodar Krai government.[6]


  1. ^ a b "2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix". Formula 1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "IOC threatens to postpone Russian Grand Prix". GP Update. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Alan (20 August 2014). "New Sochi circuit wins FIA seal of approval". reuters.com (Reuters). Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Collantine, Keith (15 September 2014). "Sochi holds first race weekend ahead of Russian GP". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Golyshev, Grigory (16 September 2014). "ANALYSIS: Sochi hosts first race meeting ahead of Grand Prix". Autosport Russian Edition (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c English, Steven (14 October 2010). "Russia set to announce race from 2014". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Daniel (23 July 2014). "Russian Grand Prix: Leading politicians pile pressure on F1 to cancel October's race". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Collantine, Keith (25 July 2014). "Unhappy Horner hits out at 'negative focus'". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Collantine, Keith (10 September 2014). "Sirotkin to make F1 practice debut in Russia". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Cooper, Adam (21 July 2014). "Bernie Ecclestone: no doubts over Russian GP after MH17 tragedy". Adam Cooper's F1 Blog (WordPress). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Baldwin, Alan (22 August 2014). "F1 has "no argument" with Russia says Ecclestone". reuters.com (Reuters). Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Collantine, Keith (11 September 2014). "Pirelli selecrs tyres for first Russian Grand Prix". Keith Collantine. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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