Russian Grand Prix will happen, says Todt
13 May 2014 – FIA President Jean Todt has insisted the inaugural Russian Grand Prix will go ahead this season.
The event is due to take place in October at the newly built Sochi International Street Circuit. However, with the crisis between Moscow and the Ukraine showing no signs of easing, and with the World Superbike Championship recently announcing the cancellation of their Russian round, which was due to take place in September at the Moscow Raceway, it has led to speculation the F1 event might fall by the wayside as well.
"At the moment there is no change to the calendar. Russia is on," Todt confirmed in an interview with the Press Association. "I am comfortable with what the FIM (Federation of International Motorcycling) has done, but at the moment we don't have any reason to reconsider any race we have on the calendar."
Pressed on if that position might be reviewed in August or even September, he added: "We will speak to people who are involved with all of that. But as I say, at the moment we have nothing that should change the running of the calendar."