Ecclestone super impressed with Sochi progress

Sochi F1 race track

Sochi F1 race track under construction

Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone on Monday visited Sochi, to inspect progress on the construction of the bespoke facility of next year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

There had been some doubt about whether the resort city would host its first ever F1 race on schedule, following reports that construction had stopped.

“It’s a fantastic track,” Ecclestone was quoted on Monday by the local R-Sport news agency.

“I was here before the building work started on the track and I was already impressed then,” he added. “Now I’m super-impressed with what’s going on here.”

Ecclestone, 82, met on Monday with Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak.

Kozak acknowledged that Sochi’s concurrent preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics had presented challenges to the scheduling of the grand prix.

“But we’ve solved all those problems and entered, in my view, the final straight,” he said. (GMM)

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