Russian Grand Prix to move from Sochi Olympic Park to Igora Drive in 2023
Formula 1 announces circuit reshuffle from 2023 with the relocation of the Russian Grand Prix from Sochi to the “extremely exciting” track of Igora Park in St. Petersburg
Igora Drive should be more accessible for Russian and international fans Igora Drive received its Grade One license in 2020 and has ten racing tracks Lewis Hamilton has won four of the previous seven Russian Grands Prix Check out the latest Olympic news from Tokyo, including schedule, medal table and results here
Posted: 7:15 a.m. EDT, June 26, 2021 | Update: 7:27 a.m. EDT, June 26, 2021
The Russian Grand Prix will leave the Sochi Olympic Park for a new purpose-built circuit outside of St. Petersburg from 2023, Formula 1 announced on Saturday.
The race, first organized in 2014 after the Black Sea resort welcomed winter Olympic Games, will switch to the Igora Drive circuit located 54 km from the Baltic Sea port city of St. Petersburg.
“We are looking forward to racing in an extremely exciting location which includes 10 professional tracks for racing and testing on approximately 100 hectares,” Formula 1 said in a statement.
Sochi Olympic Park will continue to host the Russian Grand Prix until 2023
Igora Drive is about 150 km from the Finnish border and should be more accessible than Sochi for Russian and international fans. Finland produced three F1 champions but never hosted a championship race.
The new circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke and received a first year license in 2020.
The circuit reportedly hosted a round of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), as well as the all-women’s W Series, last year, but those races were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am impressed with Saint Petersburg and I think the Russian Grand Prix at Igora Drive will be an incredible event,” said Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1 general manager.
Formula 1 GM Stefano Domenicali impressed with Igora Drive plans
This year’s race in Sochi, which had a contract until 2025, is scheduled for September 26.
Mercedes champions have won all seven Russian Grands Prix to date, with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton triumphant four times.
St. Petersburg is the hometown of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who regularly attended the race in Sochi to present the winner’s trophy.
Formula 1, whose commercial rights belong to US-based Liberty Media, has said it wants to run more races in or near “destination cities.”
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won four of the previous seven Russian Grands Prix