Trackside at Sochi Autodrom – 2020 Russian Grand Prix

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Learn more about the trackside experience at Sochi Autodrom for the 2020 Russian Grand Prix on September 25-27.

This guide will be fully updated for 2020 when the event schedule is available, normally around 1 month before race weekend. In the meantime, most of the information below remains relevant and will not change.

The Sochi Autodrom circuit is built around the Olympic Park, which is where several state-of-the-art venues built for the 2014 Winter Olympics are located, including the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the Adler Arena speed skating centre. This makes for an interesting trackside experience, especially for Olympics fans! Sadly, entrance is restricted for some sections depending on your ticket, and there’s a decided lack of English-language signs. English is not widely spoken at the track either, so it pays to have a translation app at the ready on your smartphone. 2018 Russian Grand Prix Trip Report: read about Jacqui and Michael’s experience at Sochi Autodrom.

2019 Russian Grand Prix schedule

In addition to over six hours of Formula 1 action over three days, the on-track schedule for the 2018 Russian GP includes support from F1’s two main feeder series, Formula 2 and GP3, both of which stage a feature race on Saturday and a sprint race on Sunday. Russian drivers compete in F1, F2 and F3 so you can expect plenty of local support.

Thursday, September 26

  • 09:00-12:30: Pitlane walk for 4-day ticket holders (entry from 08:50-12:00)
  • 15:50-17:45: Formula 1 Drivers’ Autograph Session (Main stage, Central Square)
  • (09:00-19:00: F1 Fanzone opening times)

Friday, September 27

  • 08:20-09:05: Formula 3 practice
  • 09:30-10:15: Formula 2 practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 13:00-13:30: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 14:00-14:30: Formula 2 Drivers’ Autograph Session (Main stage, Central Square)
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 17:00-17:30: Formula 3 qualifying

Saturday, September 28

  • 10:15-11:00: Formula 3 first race
  • 11:15-11:45: Formula 3 Drivers’ Autograph Session (Main stage, Central Square)
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 13:20-13:50: Formula 2 Drivers’ Parade
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:45-17:50: Formula 2 first race

Sunday, September 29

  • 09:55-10:40: Formula 3 second race
  • 11:20-12:10: Formula 2 second race
  • 12:30-13:00: Formula 1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 13:50-14:00: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 14:10-16:10: 2019 Russian Grand Prix

Circuit Entry

Several gates provide entrance to the circuit. Spectators are not allowed to bring in any food, alcohol or glass bottles. Only 0.5l water bottles are accepted. Other prohibited items include flag/banner poles longer than 1.5 meters, folding chairs and cooler boxes (this is not Spa), plus all the usual dangerous items that you have no business bringing in anyway! Bag checks are conducted on entry. Check the Terms and Conditions of entry here.

Thursday activities!

The program at Sochi Autodrom kicks off with a pitlane walk for 4-day ticket holders on Thursday morning and the F1 drivers’ autograph session in the afternoon at the Main Stage in the Central Square. In the evening, you can also attend an ice hockey match at the Bolshoy Ice Dome next to the track; the local Sochi team takes on Dynamo Moscow at 19:30. Tickets are priced from 14 EUR and can be purchased here.

Things to do at the Sochi Autodrom

  • The F1 Village is located behind the Main Grandstand. This is the place to go for the best food and drink, and to buy merchandise. There’s also a game zone with simulators and a children’s area with entertainment.
  • The organizers also put on various displays around the Olympic Park on Grand Prix weekend, including extreme sports, trick motorcycle riders and a “musical fountain show” after dark.
  • There’s not one, but two car museums within the circuit grounds, both of which are free to F1 ticket holders! The  Sochi Auto Sport Museum, located on the ground floor of the Main Grandstand, is focused on racing cars from around the world with a special “World of Illusion and Magic attraction” this year that is open from 09:00-19:00. Meanwhile, the Sochi Auto Museum, located near the nearby Sochi theme park, is more about obscure Russian cars from the communist era.
  • Concerts take place on the big stage of the Olympic Park central square on Saturday and Sunday nights. Russian rock legends Leningrad return this year for a concert on Friday from 20:00. The other headliners are Mumiy Troll (Saturday from 19:00) and “The Night Snipers” (Sunday from 18:00). Learn more about concerts here.
  • Run the Track! On Saturday, September 28 at 21:00 you can take part in the Refuel in Sport Run. Registrations are now open (limited to 1200 people) and tickets cost 1000 RUB (14 EUR).
  • Sochi Park is a theme park within walking distance of Olympic Park. Adult tickets cost 1900 RUB (26.50 EUR) and tickets for children aged 5-12 are 1700 RUB (23.70 EUR).

Food & drink at Sochi Autodrom

Over 100 food and drink stands are located around the circuit. The F1 village behind the Main Grandstand has the best selection, but there are also dedicated cafes and restaurants, including a pizzeria inside the Main grandstand (near Gate A) and cafes inside the Bolshoy Ice Arena (for General Admission fans) and the Adler Arena speed skating centre (near grandstand T3). A “gastronomic trip around the world” is also on offer near grandstand T2.

Been to Sochi Autodrom? Leave a comment with your trackside experience!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. riewes says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your experiences!

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