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2014-02-14 09:32

END RESULT: Russian promoters insists the Sochi F1 GP is going according to plan but reports claim otherwise. Pictured above is the grand prix circuit in Russia. Image: AFP

SOCHI, Russia - Given all the problems at the Sochi winter Olympics this does not bode well for the Formula 1 race in October 2014.

With the questionable readiness of the facilities for the winter Olympics in the news media spotlight, concerns have also been expressed about the new F1 venue.

Oleg Zabara the promoter of the new Russian grand prix insists the Sochi venue will be ready for the inaugural race in October.

A double-asterisk on the FIA calendar means Sochi's October race date is "subject to the homologation of the circuit".


Reuters reported the track as a "fenced-off building site", littered with "lines of skips and diggers" and "rubble-strewn fringes" earlier in February.

Correspondent Alan Baldwin said: "The pits lane "is roughly surfaced, the staircases and corridors above the garages littered with building materials and detritus.

"Wires dangle from the ceilings, empty shafts await their elevators, adding that the grandstands and VIP suites "are empty shells".

Zabara said: "Construction of the autodrome in Sochi keeps moving forward. All works are being carried out according to the schedule. The racing track is 91% complete.

Everything is according to plan, and there aren't any problems during Olympic period."

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