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​Track Sochi Autodrom is an excellent high-tech circuit. The Autodrom is destined to become a popular place among motorsport fans from all around the world. It is notable for its outstanding speed characteristics, high safety standards and a perfect service. Good weather conditions and a rich heritage of the Olympic Games create splendid conditions for welcoming guests all the year round.​Company historyThe modern history of Formula 1 in Russia started on October 9th, 2010 when negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone, the Head of Formula 1, resulted in an agreement for hosting Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Following that, on October 14th, 2010 Formula One Management and Center Omega, supported by the Russian Government and Vladimir Putin, had signed a contract for organization of FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX. The seven-year deal has a renewal option.​On October 28th, 2010 Center Omega signed a contract with Tilke GmbH & Co. KG to design and develop a circuit capable of hosting a FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX.On July 17th, 2011,​ as part of a wider scheme to promote motorsport across Russia, the Promoter of the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX organized the first ever "Formula Sochi" racing festival. Three Formula 1 racing teams – Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Lotus Renault GP and Marussia Virgin Racing – participated in the first event alongside representatives of other racing series, including the KAMAZ-Master team. The "Formula Sochi" festival has since became a highly popular annual event.​On September 21st, 2012 a captivating show involving vintage Formula 1 cars and other representatives of Russian motorsport disciplines was staged at the circuit to the delight of attending spectators.​On February 4th, 2013 Bernie Ecclestone visited Sochi Autodrom and was highly impressed with the construction progress of the circuit.​On April 22nd, 2013 the reigning F1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, and former F1 driver David Coulthard, tested a stretch of the 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIA GRAN PRIX circuit.On September 27th, 2013 during the 12th International Investment Forum Sochi-2013, the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX site in the Olympic Park hosted Formula Sochi 2013 exhibition races. Special guests at the event were Russian drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Vitaly Petrov. Sauber, Marussia, Russian Time, Yakhnich Motorsport, Formula-Z teams, Formula Russia series and participants of Eastern European Stunt Riding Championship all put on an incredible show for the attending motorspo​​​​​​​​​​rt fans.On May 30th, 2014 the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX promoter launched its new brand, Sochi Autodrom, and a new website​ where fans could go to purchase tickets for the first FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX.​​​​​On August 19th, 2014 the FIA (International Automobile Federation) delegation led by the FIA Formula 1 race director and safety delegate, Charlie Whiting, visited Sochi Autodrom to assess its readiness for the 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIA GRAND PRIX. The FIA inspection studied the quality of the circuit’s surface and readiness of Sochi Autodrom’s infrastructure to host the Grand Prix. After a thorough check, the commission decided that the Autodrom was ready to host racing competitions of international level.​ From August 29th to September 7th, 2014 the Sochi Autodrom pavilion designed in the form of a racing helmet was opened at the 2014 Moscow International Automobile Salon where over five thousand guests visited the Sochi Autodrom exhibition devoted to the upcoming 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX. The atmosphere of a Formula 1 race was recreated there with a sample racecar where visitors were invited to sit and feel what it was like to be a real Formula 1 driver.On September 10th, 2014 Sochi Autodrom began to deliver tickets for the 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN G​​RAND PRIX. On September 13-14th, 2014 Sochi Autodrom held its first official competition – a round of the Russian Circuit Racing Series.On September 15th, 2014 Sochi Autodrom’s ticket centres began to sell and distribute tickets for the 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX. Ticket centres were opened in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar and Sochi.​​On September 20th, 2014 the Sochi Autodrom venue was officially declared open during the 13th International Inve​​stment Forum Sochi-2014.​On October 10-12th, 2014 the first ever FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX took place at Sochi Autodrom. About 150,000 people visited Sochi Autodrom during the race weekend and it was widely considered to have been a thorough success.Nowadays, Sochi Autodrom continues its preparation for the next FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX (October 9-11th, 2015) and other motorsports events.
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