- © Photo: Formula Sochi press service
© Photo: Formula Sochi press service
MOSCOW, January 25 (R-Sport) - Formula One’s first Russian Grand Prix will be held in November 2014 in spite of reported delays, the mayor of the host city said Friday.
The track at the Olympic Park in Russia’s southern city of Sochi started construction in 2011 and is contracted to host seven races from 2014 to 2020.
“After the Olympics, in November, the Formula One will be held,” Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov said.
A November race would give organizers nine months to prepare after the end of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014 and would be one of the last races of the season.
F1 is not expected to announce a provisional 2014 calendar until the latter stages of this year’s season.
Last year, an adviser with the Russian Automobile Federation told R-Sport that building work on the track had all but stopped for political reasons, creating “serious delays,” but Pakhomov said there was no threat to the race’s scheduled 2014 start.
“Everything is going according to schedule,” the mayor said, adding that the local government’s management of the project was “successful.”
Delays were unthinkable because they would damage “the honor of the state,” he said.