MOSCOW, November 12 (R-Sport) - Plans for a new Formula One track on the outskirts of Moscow took a major step forward Tuesday with the announcement that prolific motorsport architect Hermann Tilke’s company had been tasked with designing the circuit.
Tilke has designed all of the last 10 circuits to debut on the F1 calendar and has reshaped several more existing tracks. His involvement is widely seen as a step towards getting the sport's organizers to approve a new race.
The Moscow city government announced in July it wanted to build an F1 track near the city’s Vnukovo airport, even though Russia already has the Sochi Olympic Park circuit, also Tilke-designed, which will be home to a Grand Prix from next year through 2020.
“It is planned to open a race track that will be able to host competitions of the very highest level, right up to Formula One racing,” city planning official Vladimir Zhidkin said in a statement Tuesday.
“The design of the race track in Vnukovo will be carried out by the renowned German company Tilke GmbH,” the city construction department said.
Zhidkin’s role puts him in charge of a range of major projects for a 1,380-square-kilometer area of mostly rural land transferred to city government control in 2011.
There is already a major racetrack near the Russian capital. The Moscow Raceway opened last year and is certified to hold F1 testing but would need upgrades to transport and accommodation facilities in order to hold F1 races.
Moscow Raceway already hosts round of the World Series by Renault, the World Superbike Championship and Germany’s DTM touring car championship.