Tilke says Sochi on schedule for Russian GP debut 25 February, 2014 Russia is on schedule for its first ever grand prix in October, according to track designer and architect Hermann Tilke. Amid reports that the Sochi venue currently resembles a building site, promoter Oleg Zabara insisted recently that the circuit is in fact “91 per cent complete”. Indeed, a report by the German news agency DPA says that while “rubble, mud and tools” can be seen near the winter olympic park, so too can the “grandstands and (Formula 1) buildings”. German Tilke, in charge of construction of almost all new Formula 1 tracks in recent times, confirmed: “Everything is on schedule. “There will be a very special and definitely unique atmosphere,” he revealed. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.