(GMM) A circuit in St Petersburg appears to be ramping up its preparations for Formula 1.
In February, we reported that the Hermann Tilke-penned Igora Drive circuit could soon begin to annually alternate the Russian GP with current venue Sochi.
“When Igora Drive receives the status of a F1 circuit, it is possible to alternate with Sochi or even have two races in a season,” said Sochi promoter Sergey Vorobyov.
Russian broadcaster Ren TV reported on Wednesday that the FIA inspected the St Petersburg venue and has now granted it full Grade 1 homologation.
“This highest category of license gives us the right to conduct any motorsport competition, including Formula 1,” said Russian automobile federation president Viktor Kiryanov.
“This will significantly stimulate the development of sports in the country,” he added.
February 11, 2020
(GMM) Sochi may alternate a single Russian GP date on future F1 calendars with a new venue in St Petersburg.
Hermann Tilke, the designer of the St Petersburg venue called Igora Drive, recently said it will be “certainly capable of hosting Formula 1”.
So when asked about rumors Liberty Media wants to expand the future F1 calendar from 22 to up to 25 races, Sochi promoter Sergey Vorobyov said that would be “difficult”.
“It will be difficult for teams to cope with 25 grands prix per season,” said Vorobyov, who heads the race promoter Rosgonki.
“But I do think expanding the calendar is inevitable. Formula 1 wants another race in the United States, the home market, plus South Africa and Asia.
“There will not be another race in Russia – not immediately. When Igora Drive receives the status of a F1 circuit, it is possible to alternate with Sochi or even have two races in a season, but not for at least 2-3 years,” he told Forbes Russia.