SOCHI, October 12. /TASS/. As the Russian national anthem was played world’s best racers rushed to their cars to hit the newly-built racing track in Russia’s southern resort city of Sochi, where the country’s first Formula One Grand Prix is about to start in five minutes.
Following the tremendous show as part of the Sochi GP opening ceremony tens of thousands fans of the Royal racing began cheering, waving many national flags as the spectators tsands were packed to their full capacity.
According to the statistics from the racing event organizers, Sochi AutoDrom, a total of some 50,000 tickets available were sold out for the Russian F1 event in Sochi with 5,000 tickets out of the mentioned-above figure purchased by foreign guests.
The Russian Grand Prix is held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.