2014 Russian GP Is On Schedule

The 2014 Russian Grand Prix is on schedule, if we are to trust the latest comments made by the very mayor of Sochi, the city scheduled to host the much-awaited event, Anatoly Pakhomov. According to the Russian official, there should be no worries that the event will be pushed to 2015 because of the 2014 Winter Olympics, also to take place in Sochi.

Late last month, some concerns were raised by International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Andrew Mitchell over the prospect of Sochi being able to handle the hosting of two such major events through the duration of one year. Needless to say, the logistics required to organize the F1 Grand Prix and the Winter Olympics were considered impossible to handle.

Talking to the international media this weekend, Pakhomov fended off those rumors, insisting that all the potential complications that could arose from organizing the two events are currently being evaluated by the habilitated committees.

However, “I don't foresee any slippage of the race into 2015 being necessary,” he added, sending assurances that Russia will be present in the FIA calendar in 2014.

Additionally, he also referred to the building process of the new F1 track neat Sochi, revealing that it's likely the circuit will be ready one year before the 2014 date. That would give the organizers plenty of time to work on more specific features of the F1 complex – such as the run-off areas, catch fencing, grandstands, and so on – before the track's F1 debut.

According to Andrey Kraynik, a senior executive of Olympic and Grand Prix sponsor MegaFon, track designer Hermann Tilke already gave assurances that Russia will benefit from one of the most spectacular tracks in the F1 calendar.
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