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CNBC gets brief look at Sochi F1 track construction (VIDEO)

Feb 21, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

Sochi Olympics AP

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.

The video for that is linked here.

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.

  1. testover6370 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    During the Olympics I saw an NBCSN commercial advertising all the sports covered on the network – F1, NHL, Soccer, and coming in 2015 NASCAR. So thanks for being the reason Indycar has such low rankings by snubbing them in your own commercial. Way to make the fans feel appreciated.

    • testover6370 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      On second thought I’d like to be more fair. NBCSN’s lack of advertising is A reason, among several, for the low ratings. Bitterness and ill-will still lingering 20 years after The Split, near-spec cars, and a lack of promotion from Indycar itself are also factors. But it would be nice if NBCSN contributed to the series growth. The coverage each race gets is first rate on NBCSN, you should advertise the great product you have.

      • crunge4461 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        While IndyCar still works to recover from the dreaded ‘split’, the racing last year was bar-none the best all around period. I mean the on-track racing in IndyCar was amazing, vastly superior than F1. That is what I care about racing that is fast on the edge and close, IndyCar totally delivers in ways that no other top motorsport can! Long Beach, Sao Paolo, Indy, Fontana were all amazing races!

  2. mgilbert62 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    CART/ indy car racing is nothing more that open wheel NASCAR. It’s all just big time wrestling on wheels. For the person who claims it’s vastly superior to F1, you need to go back and check out the stats from some of the tracks they’ve shared in common, ie Phoenix & Detroit street circuits where they did things like tossing in an extra chicane to slow down the F1, cars yet they still managed to turn 2 second faster lap times than indy cars. Oh yeah, with half the horse power and gasoline, not methanol in the fuel tank.
    I guess you guys do get to have your sadistic cheap thrills fulfilled from watching your drivers get maimed or killed every couple years. Sometimes it doesn’t even require the paddock clearing 10 car chain reaction pile ups. Been a long time since F1 suffered a loss of life tragedy, yet they manage to have plenty of perfectly horrific looking accidents for those who only watch the sport to see the crashes.
    Put your jug of shine down and see if you can follow along………..

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