The promoter of the Russian Grand Prix inked an agreement with the Russian Automobile Federation today. Under the agreement the RAF will become the Russian Grand Prix sporting organiser ahead of the inaugural event in Sochi next October.
The agreement is good news, as a dispute between the two saw RAF miss a deadline imposed by the FIA to make an official application to join the 2014 F1 calendar back in August
Oleg Zabara, deputy chief of the Russian GP's organising committee, said: “We have signed a contract with the Russian Automobile Federation which reflects the interests of both parties. Sporting organisation is one of key factors for hosting successfully the F1 Russian Grand Prix. Properly trained specialists should participate in the organisation of international motorsport events. We have already created the staff schedule for the Grand Prix.
“As the promoter we will provide the full technical support whenever any part of organisation needs it.
“RAF will provide qualified judges, and together with the FIA they will be responsible for the sporting management of the F1 Russian Grand Prix”.
Sergey Ivanov, CEO of RAF added: “We all are expecting to have complicated and hard work to prepare [for] the first F1 Russian Grand Prix in history. As a result of the agreements concluded with the Promoter, RAF will be able to ensure qualified staff at the Event and organise a Grand Prix of a high level.
“Foreign specialists will help us as consultants and trainers; however the majority of the members of the sporting personnel will be Russians.
"This will allow us to invite solely Russian judges in the future for national rounds of the F1 World Championship. I have no doubts that together we will achieve success”.