Need To Know: 2021 Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1 visits Sochi for the penultimate time in 2021. Here’s everything you need to know about attending the 2021 Russian Grand Prix on September 23-26.

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. Earlier in the year, it was confirmed that the Russian Grand Prix will move from Sochi Autodrom to Igora Drive in 2023, so this will be the penultimate time that F1 visits Sochi.

This year’s Russian Grand Prix attendance has been capped at 50% and the race is now a sell out. We are not aware of any specific COVID-19 regulations for attending the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.

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.

The Russian Grand Prix is great value

When considering the price of tickets and local accommodation, Sochi is one of the cheapest races to attend on the 2021 calendar, though getting a flight to Sochi can be somewhat difficult and expensive for non-Russians.

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

Formula 2 and Formula 3 will be racing at Sochi this year

Aside from the Formula 1 action, there’s also Formula 2 and Formula 3 racing on the schedule at this year’s Russian Grand Prix. It will be the only time this season that both series appear at a Formula 1 race.

Formula 3 will be staging the final three races on this year’s calendar – these races were originally scheduled to take place as part of the United States Grand Prix at COTA next month, but the calendar was changed due to travel/logistics issues.

Russian drivers will be in action in both series. Robert Schwartzman currently lies third in the 2021 Formula 2 standings with two race weekends to follow after Sochi, while Alexander Smolyar competes in Formula 3.

You can find all the vital information about watching the racing, including session times, on our updated Trackside post. Be sure to make the most of your weekend by visiting the track on Thursday for the additional activities, including pit lane walks and concerts in the Olympic Park.

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 2022 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

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