New Sochi F1 track “91% complete”
The 3.64-mile circuit will loop around the home of this year’s Winter Olympics and is nearing completion, with race promoter Oleg Zabara saying development is currently on schedule.
“Construction of the autodrome in Sochi keeps moving forward,” he told Reuters. “All works are being carried out according to the schedule.
“The racing track is 91% complete. Everything is according to plan, and there aren’t any problems during Olympic period.”
Zabara confirmed that the pit buildings and the medical centre are now complete. Work on the pit building and race control is moving forward and the main grandstand is in place, but it is not yet finished.
The first Grand Prix to be held in Russia will take place on October 12th, and Zabara is anticipating a decent-sized crowd. “We expect to sell 55,000 tickets,” he said. “We are already collecting pre-orders … The Russian Grand Prix is a mega event and a catalyst for the development of a motorsport community in Russia and Sochi.”
Home fans will have the chance to cheer on Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat this season as well as the Russian-owned Marussia F1 Team.
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