Russian Grand Prix 2020

2020 Race Status: NEW DATE CONFIRMED
Original Date: September 25, 2020
New 2020 Date: September 25, 2020 - September 27, 2020
City: Sochi, Russia
Circuit: Sochi Autodrom
Official Name: FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 2020

Located near Downtown Sochi, the Russian Grand Prix is near a tourism center with plenty of dining options and activities. Spectators can explore natural attractions or stay close to the city and enjoy shopping. Sochi Autodrom has its own entertainment to keep spectators engaged during race weekend.

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RACE INFO & SCHEDULE

Get all the info you need for race week! The race schedule, events, track activities, how to get to the track, what's allowed or prohibited at the track, and many more frequently asked questions.

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VISITOR & TOURIST INFORMATION

AVERAGE RATES OF NEARBY HOTELS

  • 3-star: 3,723RUB/night ($50USD)
  • 4-star: 7,447RUB/night ($100USD)
  • 5-star: 11,171RUB/night ($150USD)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING RACE WEEK

  • High of 24°C (76°F)
  • Low of 16°C (61°F)

CURRENCY

The currency used in Russia is the Russian Ruble. Here are some common conversions: 

  • United States Dollar: 1RUB =  $0.01USD — $1USD = 74.48RUB
  • Euro: 1RUB = 0.01EUR — 1 Euro = 85.76RUB
  • British Pound: 1RUB = £0.01GBP — £1GBP = 98.73RUB

LANGUAGES

The primary language spoken in Russia is Russian, but English is also widely spoken in tourist areas.

 

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

Sochi is a resort city with plenty for spectators to enjoy. Some of the best natural attractions include:

  • Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrarly
  • Lazarevsky Recreation Park
  • Husky Park

Sochi has an assortment of theme parks for family entertainment, including:

  • Sochi Park
  • Amfibius Aquapark
  • Morskaya Zvezda Aqua Park
  • Luna Park Culture and Leisure Center

Casual shopping and dining can be enjoyed at:

  • Alexandria
  • Sea Port
  • Moremoll
  • Navaginskaya Street

 

Biggest Cities in Russia:

  • Moscow
    • 3.4 km (2.1 mi) to Sochi
    • 10 min drive

THE CIRCUIT

Circuit Name: Sochi Autodrom

Track Location: Near the Black Sea coast and Sochi Olympic Park

Distance from the Closest Airport: 7 km (4.3 mi) to Sochi International Airport

Distance from Downtown: 4.8 km (2.9 mi) to Downtown Sochi

Year Opened: 2014 

First Grand Prix: 2014

Built as a street circuit, Sochi Autodrom is a permanent fixture in Sochi. It was constructed around the former complex of the Sochi Olympic Park, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. 

The track is known for its Turn 3, which is a constant 750m (.4 mi) curve. Before the finish line, drivers have to handle two 90-degree turns.

THE 2020 Russian Grand Prix

With views of the blue waters of the Black Sea, Sochi, Russia serves as the site for the nation’s seventh Grand Prix. The Sochi Autodrom has been a staple of the race since 2014, taking over long after the first race was held in Saint Petersburg in the 1910s. Drivers will cruise down the 5.848 km circuit for 53 laps, resulting in a Grand Prix that’s more than 309 km long.

 

A Russian driver has yet to take a victory at the street circuit that was built around Olympic Park in Sochi, with the closest finish being 5th place in the 2015 race. Of the five races held at Sochi, three went to British driver, Lewis Hamilton. It’s still a relatively new circuit and has yet to see a ton of drama, but its turns have resulted in several crashes, specifically in the 2015 race, when Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas collided, and the 2017 event when Romain Gorsjean and Jolyon Palmer were eliminated after a crash.

 

While the circuit hasn’t been kind to its native drivers, the Hermann Tilke-designed track is a top destination for travelers to Russia. It was no mistake that Sochi Autodrom was constructed in Sochi, which is one of the country’s top beach resorts come summertime. Though the temperatures are sure to dip by September, the Black Sea is still the ideal backdrop for something as adrenaline-fueled as the Russian Grand Prix. At an average of 24°, it’s not unheard of to still lounge on the beach and enjoy the views overlook the vast sea.

 

When it’s not race time, Sochi Autodrom offers visitors a selection of experiences to help fuel the Grand Prix weekend. From a Drift School to driving around in a Race Taxi, attendees will get the opportunity to experience the track in ways they would never expect. Others that don’t want to enjoy the thrills and high-speeds of Sochi Autodrom can embark on a tour of the venue, so they can see the ins-and-outs of Russia’s signature Grand Prix circuit. A Master Class provides wanna-be drivers with the chance to learn under expert instructors who will provide the lessons needed to safely race around the Russian circuit.

 

Beyond the circuit and Olympic Park, travelers can explore a selection of historic attractions like the Electrical Museum of Nikola Tesla and the Mechanical Museum of Leonardo da Vinci. For more interactive fun, there’s the Iceberg Skating Palace, the Fisht Olympic Stadium, and the Multipurpose Arena Ice Club. To stick with the weekend’s theme of racing and high-speed vehicles, Sochi Auto Sport Museum is within walking distance of the circuit.

 

Attendees looking for the best seat in the house will want to stick to around the Turn 2 grandstand, also known as T2 Grandstand Vitaly Petrov. There are many high-stakes moments along Sochi Autodrom, but Turn 2 is known for being the circuit’s best overtaking spot. It’s right before they slingshot into Turn 3 after an early speed trap.