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2013-07-25 10:49

READY TO RACE: The first Russian GP will provisionally take place in October 2014. McLaren driver Jenson Button gave the new venue his backing earlier in July. Image: AFP

MOSCOW, Russia - The inaugural Russian Formula 1 GP in Sochi, venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, is expected to be raced on October 19 2014, the organisers have announced.

Oleg Zabara, deputy chief of the Russian GP's organising committee, said: "I'm happy to announce that the international F1 promoter has set a preliminary date for the Russian GP on its 2014 season calendar.

"There are 450 days remaining before the first official Friday practice of the F1 stage in Sochi's Olympic Park. Circuit construction is nearing completion and preparations for the first Russian GP are in full swing. We are looking forward to attracting more Russian and foreign tourists into the region by extending the holiday season in southern Russia.

"I'm sure Sochi will become an up-to-date and comfortable home for motorsport in Russia with its own inimitable style for all of the F1 fans."

The race received backing last Sunday from Jenson Button. The McLaren driver driver, appearing at a Moscow City race day, said: "As a driver I'm really excited and looking forward to race at the new Grand Prix and in a new country as well.

"It's great for the fans to hear, to smell and to feel the F1 cars' speed."

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