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Formula One pilots arrive at Sochi airport for Russia Grand Prix

October 07, 2014, 15:38 UTC+3 SOCHI

Russia’s first ever F1 Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on October 10-12

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Russian racer Daniil Kvyat and French Jean-Eric Vergne from team Toro Rosso

Russian racer Daniil Kvyat and French Jean-Eric Vergne from team Toro Rosso


SOCHI, October 7. /TASS/.Three passenger planes en-route from Japan carrying Formula One racers and fans landed at the Sochi International Airport on Tuesday in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Russia’s first ever F1 Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on October 10-12.

Among the first F1 pilots to arrive from Japan, which hosted Suzuka GP over the past weekend, are Russian racer Daniil Kvyat and French Jean-Eric Vergne, who are both from team Toro Rosso, as well as Germany’s Nico Rosberg from team Mercedes and French Romain Grosjean from team Lotus.

According to the press service of the airport’s operating company Basel Aero, technical specialists and engineers from famed Italian F1 team Ferrari were are expected to arrive in Sochi later in the day, while Germany’s four-time F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull team is expected to fly in on Wednesday on a private jet from Switzerland.

Cargo airplanes carrying equipment and most up-to-date racing cars, which are often referred to as F1 bolides, have been landing in Sochi since overnight on Monday and, according to the Sochi customs services, a total of 162 cargo containers weighing some 480 metric tons were cleared by the border officials over the past two days.

Russia's first ever Formula One Grand Prix

In December of 2013 the International Automobile Federation (FIA) officially announced the calendar of the 2014 Formula One races, and the Grand Prix in Russia’s Sochi was scheduled for October 12 as the 16th out of 19 F1 Grand Prix races this year.

The Russian Grand Prix will be 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 Vladimir Putin and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

About three weeks after the contract was signed Putin, known for his avid support of sports development in Russia, gunned down a F1 bolide on a race track outside Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.

In what can be called the ‘fastest president in the world,’ he reached a speed of 240 kph (150 mph). His racing lap added to his previous motorized stunts, which included piloting fighter jets and strategic bombers as well as riding Harley Davidson motorcycles with Russian bikers.

Russian President Putin and Formula One supremo Ecclestone met again in Sochi in the wake of the Winter Olympics, which ran between February 7 and 23. At that meeting F1 supremo Ecclestone suggested that it would be interesting to hold Sochi GP in the night time.

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