Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that 2014 inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi will be held during the day and not at night as was initially planned.
Russia had planned to join Singapore in hosting a night race as it made its Formula 1 first appearance this October.
However, speaking ahead of Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Ecclestone said that when he met Russian president Vladimir Putin last week the decision was taken to host the race at night in 2015.
“I was going to get them to light the whole place up but they are going to wait because the next race will be early next year so they want to do a big number,” Ecclestone told the Independent newspaper.
“It’s definitely not a night race this year but it will be next year. Earlier in the year is a good holiday period for them. That is the reason and I think they have had a lot of nonsense to go through with the Olympics.”
Ecclestone said there was “no danger” to the race from Ukraine’s dispute with Russia and added that F1 may soon be driving into another troubled region. He is waiting for the contract to be signed for a race on the streets of Baku, capital of the oil-rich country of Azerbaijan. “Baku is a government thing,” said Ecclestone.
“Normally they need to get four different people to sign something and trying to get them all together is not easy.”