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Russia may be back on FIA Formula E calendar with ePrix in Sochi — Deputy PM

April 05, 17:55 UTC+3

Russia is ready to consider hosting again one of the races of the FIA Formula E World Championship and proposes the racing track in the southern city of Sochi as a possible venue

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MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. Russia is ready to consider hosting again one of the races of the FIA Formula E World Championship and proposes the racing track in the southern city of Sochi as a possible venue, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Thursday.

"Moscow has already hosted the Formula E race and it was around the Kremlin," Kozak told journalists. "We are ready to consider this issue again. We have discussed it with President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Jean Todt and proposed holding the race at Sochi Autodrom racing circuit."

"This racing track is compliant with the Formula E requirements and is integrated into the municipal infrastructure," Kozak said.

"We have also considered an option of holding the race in Saint Petersburg," the deputy premier continued. "This issue is still being considered. We are very interested."

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series it the championship made its global debut in 2014. The Russian capital was on the calendar of the championship that year and Moscow ePrix was held on June 6, 2015 in the center of the city alongside the Kremlin walls.

Consisting of ten teams and 20 drivers, Formula E delivers world-class racing to 10 cities over five continents, throughout the seven-month Championship season, according to the official website of the racing series.

Sochi Autodrom track is the only racing circuit in Russia hosting a FIA Formula One Grand Prix. Located in the Olympic Park, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the 5,848-meter long racing circuit in the Black Sea coastal area hosted successfully hosted four F1 Grand Prix races and is preparing for another race this September.

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 former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. Early last year, the contract to hold F1 racing in Russia’s Sochi was extended until 2025.

In late 2014, the 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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