Learn about the history of the Russian Grand Prix, which has been held at the Sochi Autodrom since 2014. The fourth edition of the race will take place on April 28-30, 2017
It’s hard to believe that the upcoming Russian Grand Prix will be the fourth edition of the event in the seaside city of Sochi, The race somehow still feels new still, even though it was over 30 years in the planning. Bernie Ecclestone had talks with Soviet leader Brezhnev about bringing F1 to the Russian capital after the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. It would take another Russian Olympics – this time of the winter variety – to make the race a reality at the purpose-built Sochi Autodrom on October 12, 2014. The first race was held just eight months after Sochi staged the Winter Olympics and in the same Olympic Park precinct that hosted the indoor sports and opening/closing ceremonies. The initial seven-year contract for the race was bankrolled by the national government, with strong support from Vladimir Putin. Just last week, the promoter signed a 5-year contract extension which will see the race held until at least 2025.
Did you know?
- Mercedes has won all three Russian Grand Prix since 2014. Lewis Hamilton has two wins and Nico Rosberg one.
- Russian driver Daniil Kvyat has taken part in all three races to date, with a best finish of 5th in 2015.
- At 5.848km long, the Sochi circuit is the third longest on the current F1 calendar behind Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone. Around 30% of the circuit is used as public roads when racing is not taking place.
- Sochi is one of eight cities to have hosted the Olympics and a Formula 1 Grand Prix; the others are Melbourne, Montreal, Barcelona and Mexico City (all current F1 cities), plus historic venues in Berlin (AVUS), Los Angeles (Long Beach), and Rio de Janeiro (Jacarepaqua).
Russian Grand Prix Facts
|Circuit Name||Sochi Autodrom|
|Race first held||2014|
|Number of Turns||19|
|Race Distance||53 laps (309.732km)|
|Lap Record||1:39.094, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes, 2016)|
|2016 Results||1st Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:32:41.094|
|2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) + 25.022s|
|3rd Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) +31.998s|