Sochi gets FIA approval

Good news if you’re anxiously waiting to attend the Sochi Grand Prix in Russia, the circuit has been given a thumbs up from FIA race director Charlie Whiting. The street circuit built around the Olympic Village is set to be ran in October this year. Whiting said:

“The circuit is in extremely good condition and — yes — it will be issued with a license,” he said. “Everything has been done according to the plans — the curbs are very good, the verges, the guardrails, the walls — everything is in an extremely good condition. Everything has been done to the highest standards and I’m extremely pleased. I can say without hesitation that the circuit is ready 60 days in advance, which is very rare really.”

He was particularly impressed by the race control area of the circuit:

“Well, it’s state of the art, it’s very good, and I was very impressed when I walked in to the Race Control building. It really does look extremely impressive. Fundamentally, all Race Control buildings are the same, but in this particular case it’s been done with very latest high tech equipment. The images we see at race control are absolutely superb.”

While politics continue to swirl around Russia, sanctions by EU and US leaders and the issues in Crimea, the race will go ahead as planned and no boycott by the teams is being discussed.

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