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FIA official: Organizers of Sochi F1 Grand Prix are "professional team"

April 29, 2016, 14:32 UTC+3 SOCHI

Richard Cregan, one of the most experienced Formula One managers, praised the work done in preparation of the 2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix

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SOCHI, April 29. /TASS/. The organizers of the 2016 Formula One Russian Grand Prix, held over this weekend in the resort city of Sochi, are a "very professional team" and did an outstanding job preparing for this race considering that the previous race was held here half a year ago, Richard Cregan, one of the most experienced Formula One managers, told TASS.

"The standards in F1 are very high, but certainly the guys here did a great job considering that it has been only six months since the last Grand Prix, which we have to remember because normally you have to spend 12 months," Cregan said in an interview with TASS.

"This is our third Grand Prix [in Sochi] and I am very happy coming back here to see what they [the organizers] had achieved," he added.

This year Russia is holding its FIA Formula One racing Grand Prix for the first time in spring, namely on April 29-May 1, as compared with the two previous races held in autumn of 2014 and 2015 in 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 Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

In late 2014, Sochi Autodrom was awarded the trophy of Formula One’s best racing track of the year. The Race Promoters' Trophy is a rotating award, engraved with the names of other top F1 tracks dating from 1975.

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