SOCHI, Russia - Preparations for the Russian F1 GP are "on track", according to Russian president Vladimir Putin.To which Wheels24 suggests "Well, what else would he say?" The race will be at the Sochi Olympic Park on October 12 2014.Putin, under international pressure from the situation in neighbouring Ukraine where thousands of pro-Russia troops have fanned out across the Crimean peninsula, told Ecclestone the race would be a good use of the specially-built Olympic venue.'BEAUTIFUL ADDITION'Putin said: "It allows us to use the infrastructure more effectively once these big competitions come to an end. We will overcome them. It is very pleasing for me that the project is going to be a bright, beautiful, addition to what was done in the preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic games."He said difficulties had been of a practical rather than a conceptual nature.The Russian president did not enlighten on problems but reports have suggestedpacks of stray dogs possibly reaching the track were a worry for organisers - and some facilities remain unfinished.Putin said: "We have been working on the project to bring F1 to Sochi for a long time and it's moving towards full conclusion."The first of the 19 races of the 2014 F1 season will be in Melbourne, Australia, on March 16. Among changes to the competition will be double points from the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi on November 23.Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 F1 season – fresh reports every day.