Sochi International Street Circuit is located in the famous Black Sea resort town where 2014 Winter Olympic Games took place. It is the first circuit purpose-built for Formula One in Russia, where the inaugural World Championship Russian Grand Prix was held in October 2014. In 2018 the Russian Grand Prix Sochi will take place between 27th and 30th September. Sochi Autodrom covers an area of 55853 km and can host 55.000 spectators.
It was realized under the design of the famous architect Hermann Tilke. The street circuit is absolutely incorporated in the structure of the Olympic Park and is close to the homonymous railway station and to the streets that link the Olympic site to Sochi international airport.
The track width varies from 13 meters at its narrowest point to 15 meters at the start-finish line. The circuit, which runs in a clockwise direction, consists of 12 right- and six left-hand corners, and combines both high-speed and technical sections. On their first visit to the track, Formula One cars reached 332 km/h on the 650-metre straight between the first and second turns, with Lewis Hamilton averaging 213 km/h as he claimed pole for Mercedes. "It's an amazing feeling to come to this beautiful place and to race on this track," Hamilton said. "It's got really good grip and great corners, with a lot at medium speed; it's good fun." Tilke added: "It is a fantastic facility with a great atmosphere. I am very optimistic about the future of the unique racing track in Sochi.". Valtteri Bottas won in 2017, followed by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Following you find the table with arrival times of 2018 Grand Prix Sochi, with details of drivers, team and race time:
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1h 27:25.181|
|2||Valtteri Bottas ||Mercedes||+2.545s|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen ||Ferrari||+16.543s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+31.016s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo ||Red Bull Racing||+1.20.451s|
|7||Charles Leclerc ||Sauber||+1.38.390s|
|8||Kevin Magnussen ||Haas||+ 1 lap|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Racing Point||+ 1 lap|
|10||Sergio Perez ||Racing Point||+ 1 lap|
The Russian Grand Prix was run twice, in 1913 and 1914. Between 1960 and 1976 the Soviet Union hosted an auto race championship similar to Formula 1, to which took part vehicles of different categories, so that it can be categorized as a Formula Libre Championship. After several unsuccessful attempts to hold Grand Prix Russia in the Soviet Union in the early 1980s, the race was included in 2014 calendar, 100 after the latest race. In 2010 in fact, Bernie Ecclestone and Krasnodarsky Krai Development Technologies Sharing Centre head, Mikhail Kapirulin, signed a contract at the presence of Vladimir Putin, then serving as Prime Minister, for the organization of a race in the Olympic site in Sochi.