Sochi International Street Circuit

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Sochi International Street Circuit
Circuit Sochi.svg
Location Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Time zone MSK+0 (UTC+4)
Coordinates 43°24′20″N 39°57′28″E / 43.405687°N 39.957778°E / 43.405687; 39.957778Coordinates: 43°24′20″N 39°57′28″E / 43.405687°N 39.957778°E / 43.405687; 39.957778
Broke ground July 2011
Architect Hermann Tilke
Major events FIA Formula One
Russian Grand Prix (from 2014)
GP2 Series (from 2014)
GP3 Series (from 2014)
Grand Prix circuit
Length 5.853 km (3.637 mi)
Turns 19
Short circuit
Length 2.313 km (1.437 mi)

The Sochi International Street Circuit[1] (Russian: Трасса в Олимпийском парке), previously known as the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, is a 5.853 km Formula One racing street circuit under construction in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.[2][3] The circuit is similar to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the Sydney Olympic Park Circuit 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 Olympic Games. The inaugural race is due to take place in 2014, the first year of a seven-year contract. The International Olympic Committee was given the power to delay the race until 2015 if preparations for the race interfered with the Winter Olympics,[4] but the Games started without interruption. In October 2011, the Russian government set aside US$195.4 million for the construction of the circuit.[5]

The construction of the Sochi Olympic Park 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"[6] and several failed attempts[7][8][9] in the intervening years.

The circuit[edit]

Construction of the Sochi circuit as of November 2013

The 5.853-kilometre (3.637 mi) circuit will be the third-longest circuit on the Formula One calendar, behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in Great Britain.[10] The circuit will be built around the Sochi Olympic Park "coastal cluster", a collection of venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics that have hosted ice hockey, speed skating and the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. The surface was not laid until after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics.[11]

The circuit will start on the northern edge of the Olympic Park near the train station, heading west towards the Black Sea. The cars traverse the outer edge of the central "medals plaza", the podium for Olympic medals presentations. The circuit will circle the plaza and head east to the Bolshoy 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 Center. It will then pass the skating and curling centres, before funneling up behind the pit paddock toward the train station, and completing a circuit with a one hundred and eighty degree bend. Some 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) of the circuit length will take place on public roads.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kabanovsky, Aleksander (22 April 2013). "Vettel impressed by Russian circuit after first visit". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Collantine, Keith (14 October 2010). "Russia to join F1 calendar in 2014". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "OMEGA". OMEGA (Developer). Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "IOC threatens to postpone Russian Grand Prix". GP Update. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (26 October 2012). "Russia to spend $200m on F1 track". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Формула нелюбви
  7. ^ Lenta.ru: Москва возвращается к проекту трассы "Формулы-1"
  8. ^ Formula Onovich: Russian Grand Prix gears up again - Autoblog
  9. ^ Еще одна трасса для «Формулы-1»
  10. ^ Collantine, Keith (24 October 2014). "India’s F1 track: Another cookie-cutter circuit?". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Saward, Joe (23 January 2012). "Meanwhile on the Russian Riviera". Joe Saward blogs about the world of F1 (WordPress). Retrieved 28 January 2012. 

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