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Many in the F1 community dislike the Russian GP but I have always found it an enjoyable event. It is certainly enjoyable for the Mercedes team as they’ve won the event every year since its inception in 2014.

The track is just a few kilometres from the airport and nearly 30kms from the Sochi city centre. Most of the teams and drivers stay near the track in Adler, with the Raddison Collection Paradise Resort and Spa one of the most popular hotels.

There is a lively social scene along the Black Sea coast although the traffic can be crazy in the evening with short journey’s turning into marathons. The area around the track is interesting with an amusement park visible from the track and plenty of stray dogs roaming the streets.

F1 Russia 2021

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Sochi is only a 2 hour flight from Moscow so if you have to transit somewhere on your trip, I urge you to spend a couple of days in the nation’s capital. I love the place.

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The first time I shot this race was in 2017 and I was amazed that I could see snow capped mountains from the track. I’ve not seen this anywhere else and if you don’t have a fortune to spend on tickets, the Russian GP offers the second cheapest 3-day general admission ticket on the calendar at €69.

Of course the 2021 Russian Grand Prix will long be remembered as the race that got away from Lando Norris after the McLaren driver stayed out on slick tyres as rain fell a handful of laps from home while the others pitted. He ended up finishing 9th.

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ABOUT THE Russian

GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT

The 53-lap race is held at the Sochi Autodrom about 2 hours south of Moscow. The permanent street circuit is built around the Olympic Park although this will be the last time the race will be held in Sochi as it moves to St Petersburg in 2023.

Since 2014

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Number of Laps:

53

Circuit Length:

5.848KM

Race Distance:

309.745KM

Lap Record:

1:35.761

Lewis Hamilton (2019)

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