The circuit on which the Russian Grand Prix takes place is the Sochi circuit. This is a purpose-built facility designed for Formula One races. This year’s event will be the first one on the facility. The event is slated for Friday, 10 October, 2014 to Sunday, 12 October 2014. You will notice that Formula One races take place over the weekend. This makes it convenient for hosting cities, citizens and touring fans such as you. The first day is always for practice sessions. Competing drivers utilize this opportunity to get a feel of the circuit and rev their engines. On day two, the final practice session takes place paving way for a qualifying race. Sunday is every racing enthusiast’s favorite. It is the main racing day.
Russia’s date with Formula One
It was in October 2010 that Russia’s date with Formula One was cemented. It takes a lot of cooperation between the government of the host country, race promoters and the international association behind Formula One to host a race. Russia’s bid was boosted by President Vladimir Putin’s presence. Russia was also on course to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Apparently, the circuit’s infrastructure is merged into that of the Olympic Park. The Russian government has also undertaken construction and upgrading of roads connecting the circuit with the international airport at Sochi.
A sneak peek into the Sochi circuit
The circuit’s track has a width of 15 meters at two crucial points, the starting and finishing lines. The narrowest point is 12 meters wide. Cars move in a clockwise direction. Sochi circuit has 12 corners to be taken on the right hand side and six on the left hand side. In terms of spectator capacity, Sochi can accommodate up to 55,000 fans. Drivers will get a rare chance of driving through Sochi Olympic Park. Sochi resort city will also host the FIFA World Cup event in 2018. It is one of Russia’s popular resort centers. Going by the number of events taking place here, Sochi is a favorite sporting destination too.
History waiting to be made
Sochi Autodrom is the official circuit name for the venue of Russia Formula One GP. Competitors will have to do a total of 53 laps in a circuit length of 5.853 kilometers. This translates to a total racing distance of 310.209 kilometers. Since this will be the inaugural event, there is no racing history to report about. However, a number of records will be set here. GP fans can look forward to the best lap time and inaugural winner among other tops. Sochi International Airport is seven kilometers away from the circuit. The city’s transport system is also good. The Sochi Aeroexpress railway or a shuttle bus will get you to the venue.
Activities to keep you busy
In between watching the main race or practice sessions, you can go swimming or skiing. October is the month when the skiing season starts and runs all the way till May. The Black Sea waters are warm from April through to October. Therefore, bring your swimming costumes along and take a dip in the warm waters. You will also need to obtain a visa to visit Russia. The only exception is where your country has an agreement with the Russian government to provide visa-free entry. Make sure you confirm these details from your country’s tourism office or the Russian one. Apart from the Olympic Park, you can also visit museums, botanical gardens or enjoy Russian cuisine. There are many places you can choose to stay at. If you have time to spare, you can also visit the Hermann Tilke racetrack in Moscow.