Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel became the first Formula 1 driver to experience the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
[Despite recent torrential rains in the area] Vettel was joined by former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard in driving part of the track , which is still under construction, in an FX Vettel Edition Infiniti.
The Red Bull world champion then toured the sports venue with officials from the Russian Government and Formula Sochi, the organising body, before offering his thoughts of the venue in a press conference held in the Olympic Ice Skating arena.
Once complete, the 3.7 mile Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, will be the third longest circuit on the Formula One calendar behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in Britain.
Russia’s inaugural Formula One race is scheduled for 2014, after the Winter Olympics. The circuit’s integration into Olympic Park infrastructure is the key feature of the Russian venue.
Sochi Formula 1 circuit in figures:
- Circuit length: 5854 km
- Maximum speed: 320 km/h
- Circuit width: 13-15 m
- Number of turns: 18
- Total area of the circuit construction site and its infrastructure: 36 ha
- Developer and operator of the circuit is OJSC “Center “OMEGA”
- Designer of the circuit: Tilke GmbH & Co.KG