Vitaly Petrov's former manager has claimed that Sochi is the wrong venue to host a Russian Grand Prix and suggested that other locations are already looking to usurp it.

Oksana Kosachenko has told the RIA Novosti news agency that the general public will not be able to afford to attend the race, which is due to join the F1 schedule next season.

"People will not spend their money to go to Sochi," Kosachenko, who now works on the event side of the sport after splitting from Petrov when the Russian failed to land a seat for 2013, "There are not that many families in Russia who can spend [20,000 roubles (around $600)] for their leisure."
Organisers of the Sochi race inked the standard seven-year contract with Bernie Ecclestone, with the first race scheduled for October 2014 once the site has finished its Winter Olympic commitments, but Kosachenko insists that there are already more reasonable events for Russian F1 fans to attend - such as the Hungarian Grand Prix - and other countries in and around Russia ready to present a better alternative.

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"I know that a couple of the other countries are now in talks with Bernie about the possibility to host a grand prix, which can also complicate the whole deal," she said.

Although Petrov insists that he has not given up on his F1 dream, he is likely to be supplanted as Russia's darling by Sergey Sirotkin, provided the inexperienced 18-year old can gain the superlicence needed to compete in the top flight next season.