Feb 21, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
The world’s focus and eyes are drawn on Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, in what the Russians hope will be the kickoff to showcasing Sochi on the world stage.
Of course, later this year, Formula One will take to the streets of Sochi in a course constructed around the Olympic Park. Russia’s already had one F1 driver in Vitaly Petrov – who podiumed at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix driving for Renault – and will have a second this year as GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat makes his debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Views inside the construction of the track have been sparse, but CNBC was able to as part of the 2014 Winter Olympics coverage.
Meanwhile the man who will call the race, NBC Sports Group Formula One announcer Leigh Diffey, who’s on site in Sochi now for luge, skeleton and bobsled coverage, hasn’t yet had much chance to see the track himself.
“I drove past the grandstand. I saw where the main straight is. But we have just been flat out from the day that we landed,” Diffey told the Austin American-Statesman in an interview.
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix will be held on October 12, for 52 laps over a 3.649-mile street course.