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All the F1 fans were really excited for the first Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia. As you know, it has been a century since the last Russian Grand Prix. This time around, it will be held in Sochi, the same city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Aside from the newly built Olympic Park, the city is planning to construct a brand new and almost six kilometers long race track in order to host the Sochi Grand Prix. But before you get too excited for the event, it is best that you equip yourself with some of the most important details about the race – here we have a guide to the F1 Grand Prix Russia.
All about the Russian Grand Prix
The Russian Grand Prix is a Grand Prix motor race that took place in 1910 and was held at St. Petersburg, Russia. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Grand Prix, the country is once again hosting a round of F1 World Championship race that will commence on October 12, 2014. This will be the 16th race of this year’s Formula One season. As stated, the event will be held in Sochi, right on the Sochi Autodrom, also called the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit.
The park as well as the racing circuit is situated right in the Black Sea Resort that is in the middle of Sochi, in Krasnodar Krai in Russia. The city is near the southern border of Russia. A German track designer was commissioned to get the track ready in time for autumn for this big event.
The race has already been given a green light by the FIA or the International Automobile Federation. This nonprofit organization is responsible for the licensing as well as the arbitration of Formula One races, including other prestigious automobile racing events worldwide. The organization has conducted their first inspection in August and currently, the tickets for the Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi is on sale.
Sochi Olympic Park Circuit
The Autodrom or the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit is one of the venues used during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and this will once again be used for the F1 Grand Prix. The circuit is integrated within the public road network and this comprises a total of two circuits. The long circuit will be used only for Formula One while the short circuit is expected to function all throughout the years in order to host various motor sport events in Russia.
The surface of the park circuit will be laid out until the closing ceremony of the Olympics. The large lap, as well as the 1.7 km of public road, will have a distance of 5.85 kilometers and will feature a total of 19 corners, which include 12 right-handers as well as 7 left-handers. The width of the track will vary from 13 up to 15 meters long and in a clockwise direction. The track will feature a combination of straight and fast corners, making it one of the fastest tracks in the history of Formula One racing. The top speed is said to be about 320 kilometers per hour.
Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One Chief, has signed a deal with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in October 2010 for the finalization of the Sochi F1 Grand Prix in Russia. Such deal also states that Sochi will be the host for the Russian Grand Prix races from 2014 until 2020. The government of Russia is said to have spent as much as 200 million dollars for the construction of the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit that will host the first ever Formula One Grand Prix for the country. This deal is said to fulfill the lifelong wish of the Russian President to take part in the multimillion dollar Grand Prix circuits, since former attempts to have the race be held in Moscow right in the St. Petersburg have failed.
Schedule of the 2014 Grand Prix in Sochi
If you are going to witness the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, it would help if you know the schedule of the event. The race will commence on a Friday, October 10. This is the day that the first practice session will be held which is at 10 AM until 11:30 AM. In case you didn’t know, there is always practice sessions in every Formula One race in order for the drivers to familiarize the circuit and in order for the teams to be able to set up their cars for the qualifying round and for the final race. The second practice session will be at 2 PM until 3:30 PM.
On the second day, October 11, the one hour qualifying session will take place. This is like a knockout contest that will be the basis of the starting order of the final race. The qualifying session will be divided to three parts, first quarter, second quarter and third quarter. And on the third day, October 12, the most anticipated part will take place. This is the time that the final race will be held at the Sochi International Circuit. The race is set to begin at 3 PM of that day.
Tickets for the event
You are probably too eager by now to book your ticket for the Sochi F1 Grand Prix in Russia. So the next question that you probably have in mind is where to buy your ticket for the race. The best place to book your ticket is through the World Wide Web. You simply have to search for the event and you will then be given links to several websites that sell tickets to the race. Make sure however that you are buying from a reputable website, so read reviews and do your research well.
Remember that there are only limited slots of tickets available, so the earlier you book, the better – most of the tickets for the event already sold out. The options are limited as well, and there is only one type of ticket that you can acquire which is the 3 day adult ticket. Tickets prices are starting from $400. It is also important to know that those who are coming from other countries may need a visa to visit Russia so make sure that you process this before booking your ticket.
Race result of the Sochi Grand Prix 2014
Team Mercedes was the biggest winner at the first Formula One Grand Prix in Russia. Lewis Hamilton dominated the race. He started from the pole position and led in all laps. His teammate, Nico Rosberg, had a harder time as he had to recover from way at the back of the field after he had to make a pit stop right on the first lap. Rosberg recovered just in time to place 2nd after Hamilton, making it a 1 and 2 finish for Team Mercedes.
Valtteri Bottas of Williams F1 rounded up the podium with a 3rd place finish. He broke a lap record on the race’s final lap that propelled him to 3rd place as he set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:40.896 for the final lap.
With the results, Team Mercedes has cemented its top spot in the World Constructors’ Championship even with 3 races remaining this 2014 season, as it now has 565 points. Hamilton’s win also gave him more separation against his teammate, Rosberg, as his 1st place finish allowed him to extend his lead by 17 big points as he now has 291 points to Rosberg’s 274.
For his podium finish, Bottas overtook Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the standings. The fact that Bottas finished in front of Vettel and Alonso helped him overtake the two, as they were only able to finish 8th and 6th respectively. From being in 6th place in the standings behind the two, he’s now in 4th place with 145 points, behind Daniel Ricciardo and his 199 points. He also carried his Williams team to strengthen their hold of 3rd place in the standings of the World Constructors’ Championship.
For its part, McLaren got a little boost in the standings thanks to the team’s 4th and 5th place finish. Jenson Button finish 4th while Kevin Magnussen finished 6th.
At the end, enjoy watching the video of the Russian president Vladimir Putin driving the Formula One car in 2010. Russia has such a talented president :).