IOC threatens to postpone Russian Grand Prix
13 January 2011 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned that it could delay the inaugural Russian Grand Prix of 2014, which is set to be staged on an Olympic site. The group has explained that building projects for the Formula 1 race currently risk hampering preparations for the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
According to city officials, construction work is on target to be finished for February 2014’s Olympics although the IOC has said that no interferences by F1 preparations will be tolerated, possibly meaning the race will not debut until 2015.
“We really looked carefully,” Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli is quoted as saying by Reuters. “It’s good to have the F1 Grand Prix in Russia and Sochi. However, we do not want to have the facility, built for the Grand Prix, to put construction or preparation for the Games at risk.
“When we learned the Grand Prix could be organised for 2014, we wanted to know if it was an issue. In the contract they (race organisers) signed there is an escape clause that, if the IOC decides it is not feasible, then it could be rescheduled for 2015.”
Asked who would be taking the final decision with regards to an F1 race deferment, Felli replied: “It is the IOC.”