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Final preparations for Russian Grand Prix being made

Aug 2, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

A Russian Time GP2 car drives at the newly opened Sochi International Street Circuit in Sochi Reuters

The Sochi International Street Circuit is nearing completion after the final layer of asphalt was laid ahead of its first hosting of the Russian Grand Prix this October.

The grand prix will be the first in Russia for 100 years, with two races being held in St. Petersburg in 1913 and 1914 before the outbreak of World War One, and it fulfils the long-term goal of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to take the sport to Russia.

All of the arrangements for the race to go ahead appear to have been made, with FIA race director Charlie Whiting visiting the circuit last month to see how the development was going.

“The last time I was here, it was a big building site. It’s been a year since I’ve been here and it looks beautiful now,” he said. “The track itself is going to be really fast and the drivers will love it. I’m sure of that.

“It’s clear that everything has been done really nicely. It will be a fast track, and I think it will be a really competitive track as there will be at least two or three places where drivers can overtake properly. I think that will be a very interesting track and a very spectacular race.”

Now that the final layer of asphalt has been laid, the last few arrangements can be made for the race which will take place on October 12th.

Of course, the race has come under intense scrutiny following the MH17 disaster and ongoing tensions in the region. Despite calls for the race to be cancelled, the eleven Formula 1 teams have confirmed that they will follow the lead of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, for the race.

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    This is an absolute DISGRACE to allow an F1 race to take place in Russia after they supplied the weapons used to shoot down a civilian airliner killing all those onboard who had nothing to do with Russia’s illegal imperialism into the Ukraine for which the world has condemned the evil Russian government. Bernie of course has no conscience and only cares about making money. My hope is that if he is convicted for bribery that Bernie spends the rest of his life in prison. That’s where criminals belong, not holding races in Russian where the barbaric government has no respect for life or laws.

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