The decision to take the Russian GP to Sochi instead of Moscow could prove to a good one, as it seems that the track will wind around the 2014 Winter Olympic Park, where events such as ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling will be held.
It was confirmed today that the race will be held from 2014-2020, with an option to extend. A map that has emerged on the net via Russia’s F1news website shows a track – apparently designed by Tilke – making full use of the Olympic site and some public roads.
Given that the Olympic Park is still being built the organisers can in effect construct access roads and so on with the race in mind, so that there should be a seamless transition to a Grand Prix venue just a few months after the Games. However there is some suggestion that the debut may be put back to 2015.
And it also means that there will be facilities such as a broadcast and media centre on site, not to mention good transport links.
“It can be a super circuit,” Bernie Ecclestone was quoted as saying by the BBC today. “It’s all the things we need and we are very happy.”
Given that Sochi is a resort with some obvious attractions this could well prove to be an inspired idea…