Ecclestone overwhelmed with progress on Sochi circuit

Bernie Ecclestone visited site of the 2014 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi today, with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. Later President Putin and Ecclestone talked about the progress at the facility.

Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak visited Russian Grand Prix Circuit in Sochi

Sochi - Today Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak visited the Formula 1 circuit construction site in the Olympic Park.

Construction continues at the Sochi F1 track
Construction continues at the Sochi F1 track

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Officials together with Administration of the Krasnodar Region and "Formula Sochi" team evaluated the progress of the construction works of the circuit.

Dmitriy Kozak said Sochi is on schedule to complete the Circuit for the first Russian Grand Prix in time: "All construction works are carried out according to the schedule. The work is difficult. The track is located on the Olympic Park; it is necessary to coordinate activities of many building organizations and facilities. But we’ve solved all those problems and entered the final straight", he pointed out.

Bernie Ecclestone commented on considerable success of the Russian team while preparing the circuit and its facilities: "I was here before the building work started on the track and I was already impressed then. Now I’m super-impressed with what’s going on here".

Official delegation drove through the basic layer of asphalt, and then inspected pit building, pit lane and other circuit facilities.

Later Ecclestone and President Putin had these thoughts on the progress at Sochi.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr. Ecclestone, it is a pleasure to see you again in Sochi.

I am happy to see our project’s progress. It is excellent that you have found the time to come here and see for yourself how the work is advancing.

Bernie Ecclestone visits the Sochi F1 track
Bernie Ecclestone visits the Sochi F1 track

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A big section of the Formula One racetrack is ready now. As far as I know, of the overall 5.6 kilometres, 3.6 have already had the asphalt laid. True, this is still not the last layer to be laid, but the work is making progress in the right direction, and I think we should be able to hold the first races in October 2014, as we planned.

Much of the roads that will be used for Formula One are actually being built as part of the preparations for the Sochi Olympics, but the federal budget will do its part to ensure the entire project is completed.

It is a pleasure to see you.

President and CEO of Formula One Bernie Ecclestone (retranslated): It is a pleasure to be here.

I want to say how impressed I am by the work you have done and by what you have built. Seeing these results will put a few countries to shame. As far as the Olympic Games go, I will be feeling sorry for my Brazilian friends of course, when they see what you have built here.

Vladimir Putin: Not just Russia’s people, but our guests from abroad will also get use out of these facilities. The Formula One competitions will be a good complement to the rest of the infrastructure and will help us to make use of many of the Olympic facilities that we will inherit from the Games.

Construction continues at the Sochi F1 track
Construction continues at the Sochi F1 track

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Bernie Ecclestone: It is good to see that Russia has obviously already thought about how to make use of the Olympic facilities once the Games are over, because in most countries people build them without knowing what they are going to do with them afterwards.

Vladimir Putin: Everything here will be put to good use, at least this is certainly my big hope. Right from the start, even before the construction work began, we already planned how we would use the facilities in the future.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone
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Tags ecclestone, fia, fom, kozak, putin, russian grand prix, sochi