FIA gives Russia's Sochi GP track green light

Sochi Autodrom

20 August 2014 by TF1T Staff

The FIA has completed a final inspection ahead of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, which is set to take place in October, giving the circuit the green light.

Charlie Whiting was joined by a delegate of officials to ensure the circuit is up to the FIA's Grade 1 standard, allowing it to host a Formula 1 event.

Whiting confirmed via a Sochi news release that a licence would be issued, essentially signing off on the facility which is now complete.

"The circuit is in extremely good condition and will be issued with a licence," he is quoted as saying.

"Everything has been done according to the plans - the kerbs are very good, the verges, the guardrails, the walls - everything is in an extremely good condition. Everything has been done to the highest standards and I'm extremely pleased.

"I can say without hesitation that the circuit is ready 60 days in advance, which is very rare really."

It's often the case that an inspection closer to the race date takes place as circuits aren't often completed until a few days in advance of the first event, but Whiting doesn't believe that will be necessary in this case.

"I don't know at the moment, but it should not be necessary," he explained. "What I've seen today gives me complete comfort that the circuit will be entirely ready when I come back for the Grand Prix."

Promoter Sergey Vorobyev added: "We were ready for Mr. Whiting's visit and we want to congratulate our builders who have made this positive verdict happen. We were confident that FIA would appreciate the efforts made by our team to implement the technical details that have been so highly reviewed by Mr. Whiting today.

"Now that Sochi Autodrom has received a licence, everything else is up to the organisers of the events and as such we are working intensely on ensuring that all aspects of the event are fully prepared. It is our aim to make this a truly unforgettable event with the comfort and enjoyment of our guests at the forefront of all our efforts."