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Sochi bosses happy with progress

Organisers of the first Russian Grand Prix happy with progress being made in Sochi ahead of 2014 event
Organisers of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix have said they are pleased with progress being made in the city of Sochi – and insist that preparations for the first race remain on target.

Russia is set to host its first F1 race in 2014, with the circuit – designed by Hermann Tilke and being intergrated into the complex that will be used for the Winter Olympics – set to be one of the longest on the calendar at more than 5.8km.

According to a statement issued by organisers Formula Sochi, work on parts of the race control complex are already in the final stage, while work on the circuit itself is also now well underway.

“Many massive Olympic venues are already built, some sport facilities have been put in commission, while the motorsport venue is in the active phase of construction,” the statement read. “Construction crews are making good progress with the preparing of groundworks and laying of asphalt coat; first layer of pavement has been laid in some areas.

“Works on the construction of the race control building, connected to the pit building, are in its final stage.”

Designer Tilke said he was pleased with the progress being made in the Russian city.

"Together with Omega and Formula Sochi we are deeply involved in the Russian Grand Prix project and we are glad that all works are going according to schedule considering the large amount of co-ordination necessary with the Olympic construction,” he said. “There is no doubt that the circuit will be meeting all the requirements for Formula One and maybe also for the Moto GP. The circuit is going to be very fast and technical and offering a number of interesting features. It is a fantastic facility with a great atmosphere and it will be outstanding as the circuit will run through the Olympic Park.

“I am very optimistic about the future of the unique race track in Sochi and am looking forward to a triumphant start of Formula 1 in Russia."

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December 29, 2012 6:03 PM

Sochi, an inspired chosen location made by the Russians. Yes, another Tilkedrom at the horizon, some people might whine, but it's not the Teuton's fault for having his fingerprint once more immortalized, after all.

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