MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. One of the grandstands for spectators at Sochi Autodrom racing circuit will be named after Russia’s new Formula One racer Sergey Sirotkin, a senior official in charge of the Russian Grand Prix organization said on Thursday.
In mid-January, F1 Team Williams announced that it signed a contract with Russia’s Sergey Sirotkin and the 22-year-old Russian racer partnered Canada’s Lance Stroll for the 2018 World Championship.
"Starting this year, Grandstand T1 will be named in honor of Sergey Sirotkin," said Alexey Titov, the CEO of the Rosgonki company in charge of organizing the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
The 2018 FIA Formula One Grand Prix in the Russian resort city of Sochi has been scheduled for September 28-30 and will be Sirotkin’s inaugural home race.
Sirotkin is the third Russian driver to enter the world of F1 racing. The first Russian racer in Formula One was Vitaly Petrov, who made his debut in 2010. Another Russian driver, Daniil Kvyat, raced for teams Red Bull and Toro Rosso at different times between 2014 and 2017 and most recently signed a contract with Team Ferrari to become a development driver.
Spectators’ grandstands T2 and T3 at the Sochi Autodrom racing circuit in Sochi bear the names of Vitaly Petrov and Daniil Kvyat respectively.
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 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.
The 2018 FIA Formula One Championship includes 21 races and began with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 23-25. The final Grand Prix of this season will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 23-25.
Team Williams’ Sirotkin did not finish the Australian Grand Prix as he had to withdraw from the race due to technical problems with his car.