Sochi organisers pleased with date change

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Organisers of the Russian Grand Prix say that the change in the scheduling of the race from next year will boost the event.

Formula 1 raced at the Sochi Autodrom for the first time last October and 2015's event will take place on the corresponding weekend later this year.

From next year, Russia's race will take place on May 1, and organisers say that hosting the sport in the Spring should aid the event.

"We welcome the decision of the World Motor Sport Council, and we hope that in December our race will finally adopted on that date," Sochi organiser Sergei Vorobyov told motorsport.com.

"We would like to keep it in May, and in the future to carry out the Grand Prix for many more decades."

He added that organisers have no concerns that they will have a short preparation time between the respective 2015 and 2016 events.

"We started preparations for the debut Grand Prix in 2014 in March, I am sure will be able to cope with any challenge.

"[In 2014] our race was just a week after the Japanese event and sending cargo from there was delayed because of the typhoon."

Russia's date change is one of a number of changes in a compressed 21-race calendar for 2016.

The Malaysian Grand Prix has been moved to September, while the German Grand Prix is set to return at Hockenheim.

Azerbaijan will also host a race in the country's capital city, Baku, in July.


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