Wild rumours over the weekend suggested that could hold its last F1 race in 2020, prior to a potential switch to the new circuit near St. Petersburg a year later.

“We haven’t conducted any negotiations with Formula 1,” said spokesman Vladimir Vasiliev. “The rumours remain just rumours.

“Yes, our track will be Grade 1-certified, but we are doing this not to host an F1 race. Rather it’s to ensure that the status of the track attracts attention to it and emphasises the presence of a rich infrastructure.

“During the winter, the management came to the track, and it was the federation’s representatives who recommended that we apply for Grade 1. It is something we weren’t planning to do initially.”

The speculation about a change of Russian GP venue to St. Petersburg caught government officials by surprise too, with them all clear that was contracted to host the race until 2025 and would see out the deal.

Ilya Dzhus, spokesperson for deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak, said: “The current contract to host Formula 1 presupposes that the Russian round of the world championship is held in Sochi, and runs until 2025.

“Rosgonki [the Russian GP promoter] has not discussed with the rights holders the possibility of moving the Russian round to another city.”

Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for added: “This matter [of moving the Russian GP from Sochi] is not on the agenda.”

The Igora Drive track has announced a five-year deal to hold DTM from 2020.

Igora Racetrack

Igora Racetrack

Photo by: Tilke GmbH


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here