Need To Know: 2019 Russian Grand Prix

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The last race in Europe in the 2019 season sees F1 head to Sochi. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Russian Grand Prix weekend on September 27-29, 2019!

This will be the sixth running of the Russian Grand Prix since Formula 1 first visited the Sochi track in 2014. There had been plans for a Russian Grand Prix since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the deal finally came together. The Sochi Autodrom is located within the popular tourist resort of Sochi, which mixes sandy beaches with snow-topped mountains. Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the track runs through the former Olympic village. A trip to Sochi can include an excursion to the ski slopes in the mountains, visiting the various museums or checking out the city centre sights. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Russian Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Sochi for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Russia is one of the cheapest races to attend on the 2019 calendar. It is one of only four races this season where 3-day General Admission prices are under $100, with tickets being the second-cheapest of the year, behind only the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Grandstand tickets are very well priced too, second only to the Hungarian Grand Prix as the cheapest of the year. Despite the well priced tickets, the event’s attendance figures are average. The first Russian Grand Prix in 2014 attracted around 65,000 fans on race day. By 2016, the weekend figure was 158,000, but that dropped by 8,000 in 2017. Last year’s attendance figure has not been revealed.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Russian Grand Prix!

Aside from the Formula 1 action, there’s also racing from Formula 2 and Formula 3. There could be cause for home celebrations in F3, as local driver Robert Shwartzman has the opportunity to seal the title. Meanwhile, in F2, Nyck de Vries could be crowned series champion in Sochi. You can find all the vital information about watching the racing, including session times, on our updated Trackside page. Be sure to make the most of your weekend by visiting the track on Thursday for the additional activities, including pit lane walks and autograph sessions!

What to look forward to at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix

While the Sochi Autodrom isn’t renowned for great racing, the event offers a wide range of entertainment both on and off-track. There’ll be displays with everything from extreme sports to a musical fountain show, while Leningrad, Mumiy Troll and The Night Snipers headline on the music stages over the Grand Prix weekend. There are plenty of places to find refreshments too, with over 100 food and drink stands located around the circuit.

And though the track hasn’t produced the best races, there’s usually an intriguing storyline or two: 2014 saw Nico Rosberg damage his championship chances with a lock-up into the first turn; Daniil Kvyat caused mayhem on the opening lap in 2016; 2017 saw Valtteri Bottas take his maiden win, and last year the Finn was forced to move over to allow his team-mate to take victory. What will the 2019 race bring?

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

Not in Sochi for this year’s Russian Grand Prix but want to attend next year? You can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Russian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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