Whiting praises Sochi circuit progress
13 July 2014 – Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has praised construction progress at the new Russian Grand Prix track within the grounds of Sochi's Winter Olympic Park, after his latest visit to the Black Sea resort.
Although the country is not scheduled to stage its inaugural Grand Prix until mid-October, Whiting and his team have carried out numerous inspections to ensure that it will be ready to welcome the Formula 1 fraternity.
And following the Winter Olympic Games in February, he has been left impressed by the transition.
"It looks so much better!" Whiting said in an interview with the official Russian Grand Prix website. "The last time I was here it was a big building site. It's been a year since I've been here and it looks really beautiful now."
Whiting says he is pleased with the overall build quality of the circuit, which he expects drivers to enjoy.
"It's a high quality track. It's clear that everything has been done really nicely," he went on to explain.
"It will be a fast track, and I think it will be a really competitive track as there will be at least two or three places where drivers can overtake properly. I think that will be a very interesting track and a very spectacular race."
Whiting also moved to ease fears over circuit safety, in the wake of negative reports in the Russian media.
"We're happy about the safety. It's absolutely first class. I could not describe it any better than that," he said.
It has also been confirmed that the circuit will feature two DRS zones, running between Turns 1-2 and 10-12.