Satellite image shows Russian GP track taking shape

2014 Russian Grand Prix

Sochi International Street Circuit, 2014

Updated satellite photographs of Sochi reveal the site of this year’s Russian Grand Prix in greater detail.

The outline of the 5.853km (3.64-mile) Sochi International Street Circuit is now visible. A typical street circuit, more than half of its 19 turns are approximately right angles.

The track will be run in a clockwise direction and the race distance is likely to be 53 laps. The race will start at 3pm local time.

Russia’s first grand prix track is being built on the site of the Sochi Olympic Park which will host next month’s Winter Olympics.

Thanks to David Reid for the tip.

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42 comments on Satellite image shows Russian GP track taking shape

  1. Kazihno (@kazinho) said on 23rd January 2014, 23:15

    I went looking for the venue earlier int he week and also found the updated map.

    I’ll reserve total judgement until I see the cars circulating at full race speed, but the turn at the end of the start/finish straight looks like it could be tighter to increase the braking distances.

  2. rubin said on 24th January 2014, 0:58

    from having a good look at the area, i don’t believe it will be as severe and stop start as the image seems to make it out.

    Zooming in nice and close to the stadium area, there is a ton of road space, and if they do it properly, they could make it very much like Adelaide with higher speed and sweeping turns, and not so singapore with accellerate hard, stop, turn repeat.

    Like many of the new tracks though, there is a right way and a wrong way eg the Abu dhabi shorter tracks are far more interesting than the F1 or GP circuits (see the Aus. V8 Supercar series there, a great track layout) I hope they get this done the right way.

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