|Location||Sirius, Krasnodar Krai, Russia|
|Time zone||MSK+0 (UTC+3)|
|Broke ground||July 2011|
|Opened||21 September 2014|
Russian Grand Prix (2014–2021)
FIA WTCR Race of Russia (2021)
FIA F2 (2018–2021)
FIA F3 (2019, 2021)
Russian Circuit Racing Series
(2014–2016, 2018–2019, 2021)
GP3 (2014–2015, 2018)
TCR International Series
SMP F4 Championship
|Grand Prix Circuit (2014–present)|
|Length||5.848 km (3.634 miles)|
|Race lap record||1:35.761 ( Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W10, 2019, F1)|
|Length||2.313 km (1.437 miles)|
The Sochi Autodrom (Russian: Сочи Автодром), previously known as the Sochi International Street Circuit and the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, is a 5.848 km (3.634 mi) Formula One permanent race track in the settlement of Sirius next to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
The circuit is similar to the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit and the Sydney Olympic Park Circuit in that it runs around a former Olympic complex; in this case, the Sochi Olympic Park site, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The inaugural World Championship Russian Grand Prix took place in 2014, with the circuit hosting the Grand Prix up to 2021, with the contract terminiated before the 2022 edition due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Also, the TCR International Series raced at Sochi in 2015 and 2016, with the TCR Russian Series and SMP F4 Championship as support series.
Earlier the International Olympic Committee was given the power to delay the race until 2015 if preparations for the race interfered with the Winter Olympics, though the Games started without interruption. In October 2011, the Russian government set aside US$195.4 million for the construction of the circuit.
The construction of the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit marked 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" and several failed attempts in the intervening years.
The circuit received its final approval from the FIA in August 2014.
The 5.848 km (3.634 mi) circuit was the fifth-longest circuit on the 2021 Formula One calendar, behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Jeddah Street Circuit in Saudi Arabia, Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan and Silverstone in the UK. The circuit is built around the Sochi Olympic Park, that is the coastal cluster of Olympic venues built for the 2014 Winter Olympics that have hosted competitions in ice hockey, speed skating, curling, figure skating, short track etc., and Fisht Olympic Stadium where Opening and Closing ceremonies were held. The surface was not laid until after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics.
The circuit, designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, has the start grid on the northern edge of the Olympic Park next to the railway station, heading southwest towards the Black Sea coast. Then it runs along the outer edge of the central Sochi Medals Plaza, that is the podium for Olympic medal ceremonies. The long Turn 3 is one of the most notable on the circuit, and has been compared to the famous Turn 8 in Istanbul Park. Then, the track circles the plaza counterclockwise and makes three turns around the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Then follow series of tight corners before turning north where the track skirts the edge of the Olympic Park, above the main Olympic Village and the Adler Arena Skating Center. Then it passes the skating and curling centres, before funneling up behind the pit paddock toward the train station, and completing a circuit with two ninety-degree right turns.
The circuit held the Russian Grand Prix from 2014 to 2021. The circuit was planned to be included in the 2022 Formula One calendar, but the race was suspended on 24 February 2022, then it was cancelled on 1 March 2022 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- Ferrari Challenge Europe (2016)
- Formula One Russian Grand Prix (2014–2021)
- FIA Formula 2 Championship (2018–2021)
- FIA Formula 3 Championship (2019, 2021)
- GP2 Series (2014–2015)
- GP3 Series (2014–2015, 2018)
- Russian Circuit Racing Series (2014–2016, 2018–2019, 2021)
- SMP F4 Championship (2015–2017, 2019)
- TCR International Series (2015–2016)
- World Touring Car Cup FIA WTCR Race of Russia (2021)
The official lap record for the current circuit layout is 1:35.761, set by Lewis Hamilton during the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. The official race lap records at the Sochi Autodrom are listed as:
|Grand Prix Circuit: 5.848 km (2014–present)|
|Formula One||1:35.761||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+||2019 Russian Grand Prix|
|GP2||1:46.407||Stoffel Vandoorne||Dallara GP2/11||2014 Sochi GP2 round|
|FIA F2||1:50.501||George Russell||Dallara F2 2018||2018 Sochi Formula 2 round|
|GP3||1:52.459||Esteban Ocon||Dallara GP3/13||2015 Sochi GP3 round|
|FIA F3||1:55.513||Jake Hughes||Dallara F3 2019||2019 Sochi Formula 3 round|
|Ferrari Challenge||2:13.849||Bjorn Grossmann||Ferrari 458 Challenge Evo||2016 Ferrari Challenge Europe Sochi round|
|GT4||2:19.468||Aleksandr Maslennikov||KTM X-Bow GT4 Evo||2021 Sochi RCRS round|
|TCR Touring Car||2:20.107||Dmitry Bragin||Audi RS 3 LMS TCR||2021 Sochi RCRS round|
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