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Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020 is Coming
August 27, 2020 13:18


Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020 is coming - the world's best pilots in technically advanced race cars will fight for victory on the track in the Olympic Park for the 7th time. The seventh Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix will take place from 24 to 27 September.

The Formula 1 sports weekend consists of three training sessions, qualifications and a race to determine the winner of the Russian Grand Prix.   This year, as part of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, races of the international Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships will be held. Support races are an uncompromising struggle of young talented pilots who dream of getting into Formula 1. A large-scale entertainment program and concerts on the territory of the Russian Grand Prix will give viewers incredible emotions and drive. 

Sochi Autodrom

Sochi Autodrom is the most up-to-date complex for international motorsport competitions in Europe and the only domestic track operating year-round. The Sochi Autodrom track runs in the Olympic Park, which emphasizes its characteristic features: the architecture of the Olympic stadiums, the view of the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains create a unique ambiance for auto racing, and the convenient transport network and infrastructure, the proximity of hotels and an amusement park make it an attractive tourist attraction.

Main characteristics of Sochi Autodrom:

Track length - 5848 meters
Track width - from 13 to 15 meters
The number of turns - 12 right and 6 left (total - 18)
The direction of movement of fireballs along the track - clockwise
The maximum speed of Formula 1 cars at the Russian Grand Prix is 339 km / h
The average speed of a circle by Formula 1 cars is 226 km / h

The uniqueness of Sochi Autodrom:

The Autodrom is the first and only track to host the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix. It is the most modern track in Europe for international motorsport competitions. Sochi Autodrom, located in the Sochi Olympic Park, is the only Russian circuit that operates all year round. A characteristic feature of Sochi Autodrom is the long third turn with a negative slope. At Sochi Autodrom, a special racing asphalt surface has been laid and safety elements of an international level have been installed.
Sochi Autodrom is one of the few Formula 1 tracks, where special stationary buildings for teams have been built in the immediate vicinity of the boxes, which allow them not to use mobile homes on wheels.

For the first time in the world, a video control system using Real-time Full HD technology was used in the race control building of Sochi Autodrom, which allows obtaining high quality images on 56 monitors that track the movement of cars. The system works on the basis of data from 48 cameras located along the perimeter of the race track. Sochi Autodrom engineers have developed and successfully tested at the 2014 Russian Grand Prix a race logging system that allows automatic logging of events on the track using a special program that has the function of displaying information in real time. 

Race weekend schedule

September 24

Pit Lane Walk and Formula 1 Drivers Autograph Session

September 25

Formula 3 Workout 11:00 - 12:30
First Formula 1 workout
Formula 2 Workout 15:00 - 16:30
Second Formula 1 workout
Formula 2 Qualification
Formula 3 Qualification

September 26

First Formula 3 race 12:00 - 13:00
Third Formula 1 workout 15:00 - 16:00
Formula 1 Qualification
First race of Formula 2

September 27

The second race of Formula 3
The second race of Formula 2
Formula 1 pilots parade
Formula 1 Launch Grid Presentation
Performance of the national anthem of Russia 14:10 - 16:10
Formula 1 Race (53 laps or 120 minutes)

This schedule is indicative and subject to change.
The exact time will be published later.


This year, as part of the Russian Grand Prix weekend, races of the international Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships will be held. Support races are an uncompromising struggle of young talented pilots who dream of getting into Formula 1. Sochi Autodrom already hosted the Formula 2 stage last year, and the updated Formula 3 will appear on the track in the Olympic Park for the first time this fall. In Formula 2, the Russian pilot Nikita Mazepin plays for the ART team. In Formula 3, Russia is represented by  Robert Shvartsman from the "Prema" team and Artyom Petrov from the "Jen" team.


Walking along the pit lane will give you a unique opportunity to visit places where access to spectators is prohibited the rest of the time. Fans will be able to see with their own eyes the teams 'garages and FORMULA 1 cars, watch the mechanics' pit stop training and learn the details of the pre-start preparation.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Formula 1 Sochi Sochi    


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