The Sochi Autodrom, previously known as the Sochi International Street Circuit and the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, is a 5.848 km Formula One racing street circuit in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
The circuit is similar to the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit and the Sydney Olympic Park Circuit in that it runs around a former Olympic complex; in this case, the Sochi Olympic Park site, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The inaugural World Championship Russian Grand Prix took place in 2014, beginning a seven-year contract.
Also, the TCR International Series raced at Sochi in June 2015, with the TCR Russian Series and SMP F4 Championship as support series.
Circuit Sochi Autodrom in Russia has hosted 6 Grands Prix between 2014 and 2019. With 4 wins Lewis Hamilton is the most succesful driver at this track. Constructor Mercedes does best with a total of 6 victories at Sochi Autodrom.
|Most succesful drivers:||Lewis Hamilton (4 wins)|
Nico Rosberg (1 wins)
Valtteri Bottas (1 wins)
|Most succesful constructors:||Mercedes (6 wins)|
|Won from pole:||2x (28.6%)|
The Russian Grand Prix has been a regular fixture on the Formula 1 calendar since 2014. The race was one of the legacies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which took place in Sochi, and the Autodrom utilises many of the Olympic facilities and passes alongside what was the Olympic village.
This year’s race is the seventh world championship Russian Grand Prix, but there have been previous grands prix in the country: two races were held in St Petersburg, in 1913 and ’14.
Sochi Autodrom is an exceptionally long and technical circuit, characterized by hard braking into low-speed corners.
There are 12 right-hand and six left-hand corners, with a 650-meter (2,133 foot) straight between the first and second turns. Of Sochi’s 5.848-kilometer (3.634-mile) layout, 1.7 kilometers (1.056 miles) are run on public roads.
The surfaces of both the public road and the purpose-built portions are incredibly smooth, and the track has remained consistent between its debut in 2014 and in F1’s subsequent visits.
Tire degradation is minimal compared to most tracks, allowing for teams to employ a one-stop strategy while still giving drivers the freedom to push hard.