Russia’s maiden Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014, with the track still under construction.
Race track designer Hermann Tilke says that Russian racing circuit will be ready for 2014 F1 season. Caterham speedy Vitally Petrov’s manager, Oksana Koschenko also confirmed that the Sochi will scheduled on 2014 F1 calendar.
“We are off to Sochi, the track is under construction,” Tilke, whose first F1 design was Sepang in 1998, told German press agency DPA. “It’s on schedule, all good. Besides, we have to be ready for 2014!”
“The ground conditions were not easy, we had to replace a lot of ground,” Hermann Tilke says of the US Grand Prix.
“Then we had to figure out how we could ensure the buildings would be stable. As is well known, there was a three-month construction freeze (due to a financial disagreement between the former race promoters), but the American contractors have more than made up for that.”
“We have taken advantage of every elevation – it is constantly heading up and downhill. There are fast corner combinations which lead to these hills and that’s what makes it especially interesting. You’re always going to face teething troubles, but before such a debut it’s always exciting to see that everything is working well; just in case, we will have 20 engineers and architects on site, sticking around as a stand-by team so we can react quickly if something does go technologically wrong.”
Russia’s first and only Formula 1 driver, Petrov’s manager said about the brand new Russian circuit -“We are working hard, there are some plans and a particular program we have,” Kosachenko told Rusnovosti.ru. “We have almost absolute certainty that Petrov will start in Sochi in 2014.”