Sochi track construction progressing well 12 Feb 2013
Construction of Russias new track in Sochi is progressing well. The circuit - shown in its anticipated completed state in this artists impression - hopes to be awarded a slot on the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar.
Sochi will also host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games next year and the new 5.8-kilometre track is being built in and around the Black Sea resorts Olympic Park. Like Australias Albert Park in Melbourne and Canadas Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, a portion of the circuit is expected to incorporate public roads.
Russia has become more prominent in Formula One racing in recent years - Vitaly Petrov (who raced for Caterham in 2012) became the countrys first Formula One driver when he joined Renault in 2010 and scored Russias first F1 podium the following year. And although they are based in Banbury, UK, the Marussia team is majority-owned by Russian sportscar manufacturer, Marussia Motors.
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