Tilke set to pen new Moscow F1 track
13 November 2013 – F1 track designer Hermann Tilke has been commissioned to design a new circuit on the outskirts of Moscow, it has been announced. According to Russian sport news agency, R Sport, the track will be constructed near the city’s Vnukovo airport.
“It is planned to open a race track that will be able to host competitions of the very highest level, right up to F1,” city planning official Vladimir Zhidkin said in a statement Tuesday.
“The design of the race track in Vnukovo will be carried out by the renowned German company Tilke GmbH.”
The Moscow city government announced plans it wanted to build an F1 spec track back in July, at the same time that the Moscow Raceway, situated in the Volokolamsky District – another Tilke facility – opened. The Moscow Raceway is not licensed for F1 events, but can hold F1 tests and has staged events for the DTM, the World Series by Renault and the World Superbike Championship.
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix meanwhile is due to take place next October at the Sochi circuit near the Black Sea.
It is also a Tilke designed track and has a deal in place to stage the F1 race until 2020.