Russian Grand Prix Sochi
Sochi Autodrom is the first circuit in Russia to have hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Sochi Autodrom is the most high-tech complex to host international motorsport events in Eastern Europe and the only Russian circuit to operate all year round. Its highly modern infrastructure and trained staff ensure that all necessary safety regulations are met at all times.
As an integral part of the Olympic Park, Sochi Autodrom helps to emphasize the specific features of this magnificent complex. The unrivalled architecture of the many Olympic venues, the splendid view of the Black Sea and the snow-capped Caucasus mountains create a unique atmosphere around the circuit that is accentuated to even greater effect on race days. The well-developed transport network and infrastructure, proximity of modern hotels and the entertainment park make Sochi Autodrom an attractive tourist destination.
Sochi Autodrom is an attractive site for organising motorsport competitions, as well as a multifunctional venue for hosting various events ranging from sporting and entertaining to educational and corporate.
The autodrom’s circuit also hosts open track days, where motor fans get an opportunity to test their skills on the Formula 1 track. In addition, the Sochi Autodrom’s team of professional drivers offers every visitor access to the race taxi, however, this acquaintance is not limited to the track itself. As part of the regular venue tours, everyone has a chance to see the Race Control building, team boxes and buildings, Paddock Club and VIP lounge.
Sochi Autodrom’s main characteristics:
- Length of the circuit – 5854 m
- Width of the circuit – ranges from 13 to 15 m
- Number of turns – 12 right and 6 left (18 in total)
- Driving direction – clockwise
- The lengthy third turn – with a negative camber where Formula 1 cars reach the speed over 300 km/h
- Maximum speed reached by Formula 1 cars at the Russian Grand Prix – 334 km/h
- Average speed reached by Formula 1 cars at the Russian Grand Prix – 226 km/h
On 10 – 12 Oct 2014 at Sochi Autodrom, the first ever Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix took place, which was announced to become the FOM Race Promoters' Trophy winner as the best championship’s stage in the 2014 season during the FIA General Assembly in early December 2014. The award is traditionally given to a Grand Prix organised in the most difficult circumstances. Many factors are taken into account, including the timelines, eventual success of the event and the feedback upon its delivery.
Earlier this year, in November 2014, Sochi Autodrom received the ‘Motorsport Facility of the Year Award’ at the 2014 Professional MotorSport World Expo in Cologne, Germany. The venue was thus recognised by the world’s motorsport professionals as the best in its category. On December 18th, 2014 Sochi Autodrom also won the ‘Best Summer Facility Award’ at the ‘Sports Facilities. Year in Review’ annual award organised by Facilities and Sports Industry. Sports Facilities magazine in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Sport.
The 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix will be hosted on 09 – 11 Oct at Sochi Autodrom.