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Russia’s Sochi quiets down as people leave after spectacular F1 Grand Prix

May 02, 2016, 22:06 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, May 2. /TASS/. The international airport in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi was busy on Monday with spectators all over the world, as well as up to 400 world media representatives, checking in for their flights home after spectacular Formula One Russia Grand Prix over the past weekend.

Although, greeted by low and heavy low clouds and pouring rains last Wednesday, the visitors of the Sochi F1 race enjoyed cloudless and sunny weather in the next four days with temperatures hovering at 16-18 degrees Celsius and drivers beating the lap time record every day starting with Free Practices on Friday.

"For two consecutive years Sochi F1 Grand Prix managed to gather the full house of spectators and we had no doubts that this year we would be organizing the race under the same scenario," Sergey Vorobyov, the chief promoter of the Russian GP race said.

With two days remaining all of some 60,000 tickets for Russia Grand Prix in 2016 were sold out and voicing plans for the future Vorobyov said "we have a dream that by 2020 a total of some 100,000 spectators would be attending the race."

"This is our aim at the moment and we are moving forward to reach it," he added.

Team Mercedes German pilot Nico Rosberg secured on Sunday his record 7th straight Formula One win after leaving the rest of the drivers behind on a sunny afternoon in Russia’s Sochi.

Rosberg clocked the best lap time of 1 minute 35.417 seconds in the qualification session on Saturday to take the pole position and starting from the top of the grid line on Sunday he maintained the strong lead throughout the race to take the top step of the Sochi GP podium.

"It’s been an awesome weekend," Rosberg said after the race. "The car has been fantastic all weekend, really even in qualifying and in the race today. It felt very special out there. So very, very happy."

"Thanks to all of you in Russia who have come here," Rosberg said. "The sport is growing; 60,000 of you - amazing, great atmosphere, it’s been a great weekend."

The German driver’s 7th straight win placed him in one line with F1 legends Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari. Germany’s four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who crashed out of Sunday’s race in the opening lap, holds the record of 9 straight wins.

Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who won the two previous Sochi GP races, finished in the second place behind the German racer with over 12 seconds gap.

Ferraris’ Kimi Raikkonen finished in the third place after team Mercedes pilots.

Russian racer Daniil Kvyat from team Red Bull completed his home track race in the 15th place.

This year Russia held 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.

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