The Russian Grand Prix of Formula 1 it will run on the circuit Igora Drive in Saint Petersburg, instead of the Sochi Autodrome, from 2023, the organizers have announced this Saturday.
“The Russian Grand Prix will move house in 2023, after an agreement was reached to move the race to a new circuit built on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, “confirmed Formula 1.
The Igora Drive Autodrome was designed by Hermann Tilke and it will replace Sochi, which has hosted Formula 1 every year since it joined the calendar in 2014, taking advantage of the setting that hosted the Winter Olympics that same year.
It is located 54 kilometers from Saint Petersburg and only 150 kilometers from the Finnish border. It has 10 different track designs on approximately 100 hectares.
“I am pleased to confirm that after intensive work with our Russian partners and detailed evaluation of Igora Drive, Formula 1 will compete on that incredible circuit starting in 2023. I am impressed by St. Petersburg and I think the Russian Grand Prix on Igora Drive will be an incredible event, “said F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali.
The German motorsport championship of speed (DTM) was to be raced there on a circuit of 15 curves and 4,086 kilometers counterclockwise, but the event was canceled due to the pandemic from COVID-19. This year’s Russian Grand Prix will be held in Sochi on September 26.