Russian Grand Prix

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Coordinates: 43°24′16″N 39°57′16″E / 43.404421°N 39.954529°E / 43.404421; 39.954529

Russian Grand Prix
Sochi Autodrom
Circuit Sochi.svg
Race information
Laps 53
Circuit length 5.853 km (3.637 mi)
Race length 310.219 km (192.761 mi)
Number of times held 2
First held 1913
Last held 1914
Most wins (constructors) Germany Benz (2)
Last race (1914)
Pole position
  • n/a
Podium
Fastest lap
  • n/a

The Russian Grand Prix (Russian: Гран-при России) was a Grand Prix motor race briefly held in the 1910s in St. Petersburg. On the 100th anniversary of the last Russian Grand Prix, a new round of the Formula One World Championship joins the calendar in 2014. On 12 October 2014, the sixteenth race of the 2014 Formula One season will take place at the Sochi Autodrom; see 2014 Russian Grand Prix.[1]

Pre-WWI history[edit]

The Russian Grand Prix was run twice, in 1913 and 1914 at a circuit in St. Petersburg. The first race was won by Russian driver G. Suvorin,[2] whilst German Willy Scholl won the 1914 event.[2] The race was abandoned following the outbreak of the First World War and the Russian Civil War, and it was not resumed with the establishment of the Soviet Union.

1913 race results[edit]

1914 race results[edit]

Formula One[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Plans for a Grand Prix in Russia emerged in the early 1980s, with a proposed circuit in Moscow to be run under the title of the "Grand Prix of the Soviet Union". The race was included on a provisional calendar for 1983, but bureaucratic barriers prevented the Grand Prix from being held, and the race was removed from all subsequent revisions of the calendar.[3] Nevertheless, Bernie Ecclestone continued in his quest to organise a race behind the Iron Curtain, and Hungary became the first communist country to host a race instead, joining the calendar in 1986.

Russia[edit]

Russian driver Georgy Suvorin crossing the finish line in 1913.
The beginning of the 1913 race.

In 2001, Vladimir Putin, then serving as President of Russia, expressed personal support to the project of the "Pulkovskoe Ring" near the Pulkovo Airport,[4][5] but the race never came to fruition. Another attempt was made in 2003, with the Moscow council approving a project to build a track in the Molzhaninovsky area in the Northern District of Moscow, to be known as Nagatino Island.[6] The project was abandoned after a dispute over the commercial contract. In September 2008, it was revealed that work was to begin on a Formula One circuit to be located at the town of Fedyukino, Volokolamsky District of the Moscow Province, approximately 77 kilometers (48 mi) away from Moscow. Known as the Moscow Raceway, the track was designed by Hermann Tilke to host both Formula One and Moto GP races.[7][8] The plan to host a Grand Prix at the Moscow Raceway was never realised, but unlike the Pulkovskoe Ring and Nagatino Island projects, the circuit was completed, and in 2012, hosted rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 and 2.0 Series[9] — which became the first internationally accredited motorsport events to hold a round in Russia — as well as the FIA GT1 World Championship,[10] and the Superbike World Championship.[11]

Vitaly Petrov became Russia's first Formula One World Championship driver in 2010, when he joined Renault, adding further momentum to the project. Bernie Ecclestone expressed a desire to see Formula One travel to Russia at a circuit in or near Moscow or at the resort city of Sochi,[12] the latter of which later secured the rights to host the race.

After several decades of attempting to re-establish the race,[13] in 2010 Bernie Ecclestone and the head of Krasnodarsky Krai Development Technologies Sharing Centre Mikhail Kapirulin officially signed a contract in attendance of Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin for the race to be run in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on a yet to be constructed circuit.[14]

Plans were unveiled for a 5.9 km circuit to be run in and around the site of the 2014 Olympic Village at the Sochi Autodrom, with a deal in place for seven years, from 2014 to 2020.[15]

Winners of the Russian Grand Prix[edit]

Events which were not part of the Formula One World Championship are indicated by a pink background.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
1914 Germany Willy Scholl Benz Saint Petersburg Report
1913 Russia Georgy Suvorin Benz Saint Petersburg Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix". Formula 1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Grand Prix Winners 1895-1949 : Part 1 (1895-1916), The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing
  3. ^ Формула нелюбви
  4. ^ Formula Onovich: Russian Grand Prix gears up again - Autoblog
  5. ^ Еще одна трасса для «Формулы-1»
  6. ^ Lenta.ru: Москва возвращается к проекту трассы "Формулы-1"
  7. ^ "Moscow to start construction work this week". GPUpdate. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Moscow Raceway
  9. ^ "Russia included on 2012 World Series calendar". GPUpdate.net (GPUpdate). 10 October 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Moscow Raceway: FIA GT1, September 1–2". Moscow Raceway. 27 July 2012. Retrieved . 8 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Moscow Raceway confirmed for Russia WSBK debut". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 22 September 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Guardian Staff (2010-04-06). "Ecclestone plans to take F1 to New York and Russia". Guardian.co.uk (The Guardian). Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  13. ^ Collantine, Keith (2008-02-10). "Fresh Rumours of a Russian Grand Prix". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  14. ^ English, Steven (2010-10-14). "Russia set to announce race from 2014". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  15. ^ Гран При России: Схема сочинской трассы F1News.Ru

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