On 30 April 2017, Sochi Autodrom hosted the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX with the packed grandstands for the fourth time. The FORMULA 1 round was held with the support of the title partner VTB Group and sponsor LUKOIL.
About 60 thousand spectators supported the FORMULA 1 drivers on the day of the race, and over the four days, 150 thousand FORMULA 1 fans visited the most modern circuit in Europe.
Despite serious competition from Ferrari, the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX was won by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas who started the race in third. For the Finnish driver, this was the first win in his FORMULA 1 career. As was the case in the previous years, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin presented the winner with his trophy. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished the race second and third respectively.
The four days of the weekend became a real motorsport festival. The first drivers’ autograph sessions and the pit lane walk for the four-day ticket holders took place on Thursday. On Friday, the teams hold the first official practice sessions with qualifying taking place on Saturday and the Grand Prix bringing a lot of pleasure to the connoisseurs of intriguing intense battles on Sunday. During Saturday’s qualifying, a new Sochi Autodrom record was set - Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel clocked 1:33.194, beating the previous year’s result of Nico Rosberg (1:35.337).
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat in a Toro Rosso finished his home Grand Prix 12th. Russian fans also saw another fellow countryman on the track - Renault reserve driver, participant of the SMP Racing programme Sergey Sirotkin took part in Friday's practice session.
But not only the aggressive beauty of the FORMULA 1 cars drew visitors to Sochi Autodrom. For the second time, the Russian Mitjet 2L Arctic Cup series served as a support race for the Russian Grand Prix. The spectacular races of sports prototypes became a successful addition to the F1 race.
It was during that weekend when motorsport fans discovered a completely new Russian Grand Prix. The FORMULA 1 championship got even closer to its dedicated fans - for the first time in its history, the spectators were able to have a ride on the track. Such a unique opportunity was presented to the fans by the organisers of the 2017 FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX in conjunction with FORMULA ONE and Mercedes-Benz Russia. One hundred lucky winners out of the spectators who won the creative contest, as well as guests of the FORMULA 1 Paddock Club and media representatives enjoyed the high speed of the Mercedes-Benz Laps race taxi during all three days of the weekend. The passengers who could not believe their luck went on a breath-taking ride accompanied by racing aces - first Russian FORMULA 1 driver Vitaly Petrov, chief instructor of the AMG Driving Academy Aleksey Karachev, chief instructor of the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy Aleksandr Glavnov and other motorsport stars.
An eventful entertainment programme kept the spectators entertained all four days. There were many thematic sites in the Olympic Park. Spectacular shows, sports and creative master classes, competitions - everyone found something to their liking. The spectators could buy branded merchandise of the teams in the F1 Village, visit the Craft Village, a park of sports entertainment, a fan zone, watch riders perform stunts and cyclists’ performances in the Extreme Park, try themselves as drivers in racing simulators in the Game Zone or in the karting centre. In Heineken Village one could relax and enjoy the excellent taste of the famous Dutch beer. The autosport museum inside the Main Grandstand and Sochi Auto Museum holding a unique collection of retro cars were also open to the spectators. The fans were able to attend public skating sessions, as well as master classes in figure skating in the Iceberg Winter Sports Palace.
The holiday culminated with concerts by Lyube on Saturday and grand Europe Plus Fest on Sunday, where Svetlana Loboda, Egor Kreed, Yulianna Karaulova, Elena Temnikova, Gradusy and Pizza, masters of electronic dance music Swanky Tunes, as well as top Russian DJs and hit makers Anton Bruner and Slider & Magnit performed their hits for the audience.