Tilke: Sochi track will be ready for Russian GP

Russian GP site in Sochi

Russian GP site in Sochi

Hermann Tilke insists that he is 100 per cent certain that the circuit in Sochi will be ready for next year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

Doubts hang over the 2014 race on the Black Sea coast, after a dispute between the promoter Omega and the Russian automobile federation resulted in Russia missing the deadline to apply to be on next year’s calendar.

Earlier, there were also reports of construction delays, while German Tilke, whose company is responsible for the design of new Formula 1 circuits, expressed concerns about the quality of the local construction contractors.

But Tilke has now told Russia’s Championat he is “100 per cent certain” that the circuit, part of the infrastructure for the 2014 winter olympics, will be ready on time.

“Nothing else is in my area of responsibility,” he said.

“The track will be built on schedule,” Tilke added, insisting that even the construction delay between November and the end of the 2014 games in February will not pose a problem.

“No, everything will be ok,” he said. “The track will be ready on time.”

Tilke also insisted that he is no longer worried about the quality of the construction work. “All of these problems were long ago. Everything is now solved,” he said. (GMM)

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  • Jack

    Tilke has by far the best job in the world

  • McLarenfan

    An interesting looking layout for a track complete with the omega symbol.

  • TylerC

    he may have the best job in the world, he’s just making a complete hash of it and this Russian track will be just as mind numbingly boring as the rest of his cookie cutter circuits. None of them have any flow to them, and god forbid there were any elevation changes. Enough of these damn boring circuits and annoying rule changes! Can we please have 90’s style F1 again? Bring back Imola, and ballsy drivers instead of prima donnas like Vettel and Alonso