The FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX has been held at Sochi Autodrom since 2014. It is one of the events of the FIA Formula One World Championship™, the main motorsport racing competition on the planet, featuring the best drivers.
World champions Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and many other eminent drivers, including Russia’s Daniil Kvyat and Sergey Sirotkin competed on the Sochi track.
In 2020, Daniil Kvyat will once again take part in the Russian Grand Prix, that will be held from 24 to 27 September, driving for AlphaTauri.
Formula 2 is the main Formula 1® youth support series. It has many promising drivers, candidates for F1 seats in the near future.
Formula 2 rounds have been held together with the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX since 2018. They featured famous Russian drivers Artem Markelov, Nikita Mazepin, Matevos Isaakyan, as well as several drivers from other countries, who have already moved to Formula 1®, i.e. Lando Norris, Alexander Albon, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi.
In 2020, three Russians are to compete in the F2 round at Sochi Autodrom - Robert Shwartzman, Artem Markelov and Nikita Mazepin.
Formula 3 is a revamped F1 youth support race series, where many drivers who prove themselves in feeder series transition to. It was launched in 2019, and the round at Sochi Autodrom was the ultimate event of the first season of the series. Back then, Robert Shwartzman won the Formula 3 title on the track in the Olympic Park.
In 2020, Russian Alexander Smolyar will be competing in the F3 round held at Sochi Autodrom as part of the Russian Grand Prix.
RUSSIAN CIRCUIT RACING SERIES
The Russian Circuit Racing Series (SMP RCRS) comprises competitions having the Russian Championship and Cup status that features the best drivers from various regions of the country.
In 2014, an RCRS round became the test competition before the inaugural FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX and the first motorsport competition held at Sochi Autodrom. In 2015 and 2016, RCRS races were held at the circuit in the Olympic Park on the same weekend as TCR International Series rounds. In 2018 and 2019, RCRS rounds were held at Sochi Autodrom several weeks before the start of the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX.
RUSSIAN DRIFT SERIES
Russian Drift Series rounds (RDS GP) have been held at Sochi Autodrom every year since the 2017 season. The All-Russian competitions feature not just the best Russian drivers, but also many famous drivers from other countries.
In 2020, the RDS GP round at Sochi Autodrom is scheduled for 17 and 18 October.
SOCHI DRIFT CHALLENGE
The Sochi Drift Challenge winter competitions were first held at Sochi Autodrom from 29 December 2019 to March 2020 and consisted of four rounds.
The participants included both the eminent drivers, participants of the Russian Drift Series and international tournaments, who used these competitions as preparation for the summer season, and the rookies, who had the opportunity to prove themselves competing against experienced drivers on a specially prepared track.
The main idea behind the Sochi Drift Challenge competitions is to give talented racing drivers a chance to improve their level by drifting not in the streets or city parking lots, but professionally and safely on the Russian Formula 1® track.
MaxPowerCars is the oldest and the most prestigious Russian Time Attack competition. Anyone can take part in the races, both in an ordinary road car and in a specially prepared one. The competition consists in finding the competitor who can set the fastest lap on a real racetrack. Therefore, there is no head-to-head fight, which allows to minimise risks of damage to the vehicles and the health of the competitors.
Sochi Autodrom was hosting MaxPowerCars rounds every year from 2014 to 2017. In 2020, they are scheduled for 24 October.
RUSSIAN RACE WALKING TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Sochi Autodrom hosts race walking competitions featuring the best Russian athletes every year. In 2016 and 2017, the Formula 1® circuit hosted the Russian Championship, and in 2015 this tournament was held near the circuit - in the Olympic Park, around the Iceberg Ice Palace.
Since February 2018, Sochi Autodrom has been hosting the Russian Race Walking Team Championship.
SOCHI AUTODROM HALF MARATHON
The circuit has been hosting the Sochi Autodrom Half Marathon since 2014. Thousands of athletes from different countries took part in the run. This is the biggest event for the fans of running in the south of Russia. Several other runs on shorter distances are held on the same weekend as the half marathon.
Sochi Autodrom hosted its first triathlon competitions in October 2014. Part of the cycling and running stages of the Russian Cup final ran along the Formula 1® track.
Since 2016, Sochi Autodrom annually hosts part of the cycling stage of the international triathlon IRONSTAR 113 SOCHI. The IRONSTAR 113 half-iron distance consists of 1.9km swim, 90km bicycle ride and 21.1km run.
In 2016 and 2017, the Formula 1® circuit annually hosted part of the cycling stage of the international triathlon IRONSTAR 226 SOCHI. The IRONSTAR 226 iron distance includes 3.8km swim, 180km bicycle ride and 42.2km marathon.
Competitions on shorter distances are held together with IRONSTAR 113 and IRONSTAR 226.
The participant of the triathlon who sets the fastest Sochi Autodrom cycling lap time is often awarded with a separate prize.
REZEPT-SPORT WHEELCHAIR RACING INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON
The first Rezept-Sport Wheelchair Racing event in Russia took place at Sochi Autodrom in 2015. These track and field competitions have been held at the Formula 1® circuit every autumn ever since. The participants compete on the half marathon distance.
The idea to hold international wheelchair races at the Formula 1® circuit came about during the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi. Wheelchair racing is considered one of the most dynamic and exciting Summer Paralympic sports.
Sochi Autodrom regularly hosts running competitions as part of various events held in the city.
Traditionally, runs on the Formula 1® track are held as part of the International Investment Forum and the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. They were also held as part of the 19th Festival of Youth and Students, the 2017 Gazprom Spartakiada Games, fitness days at Sochi Autodrom.
In 2018 and 2019, the circuit hosted the Refuel in Sport night charity run during the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX.
Cyclists held competitions at Sochi Autodrom for the first time in March 2017. Then two group races having the status of All-Russian competitions were held on the track.
Since 2019, the 10 Leagues amateur bicycle race has been held on the track together with the Sochi Autodrom Half Marathon.
FESTIVAL OF THRILL AND ENGINES
The Festival of Thrill and engines has been held during the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX weekend since 2019. Some of the most exciting disciplines of Russian automobile and motorcycle sport, as well as extreme sports are presented on several sites in the Sochi Olympic Park.
DRIVER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
In 2016, Sochi Autodrom hosted the Public Bus Drivers’ All-Around Championship of Krasnodar Region for the first time. The Formula 1® circuit has been hosting the Driver of the Year regional competition final every year ever since.
The races feature drivers from the Krasnodar Region and the Republic of Adygea, who must demonstrate their knowledge of the traffic code, figure driving skills during various tests, the proper handling of luggage.
In 2019, Sochi Autodrom hosted the final of the second Russian Best Taxi Driver all-Russian contest at the same time. It was held in the Sochi Olympic Park the year before.