Sochi signed and sealed

… and delivered, we hope, by 2014. I couldn’t blog this earlier because I had to promise Putin the scoop. He’s planning to grab the Presidency run for re-election in 2012 and apparently he thinks it helps if the public sees him as the founder of the Russian Grand Prix. Which is quite an honour, if you think of it. F1 is so important it can influence the outcome of the Presidential elections of one of the world’s superpowers. We’ve come far in those 60 years, haven’t we?

And here, my friends, is the circuit layout. Tilke had quite a bit of trouble because he had to make do with various bits and pieces of the Olympic Park, which isn’t even there yet. But as always he’s done a splendid job. It has the required length and the requisite numbers of slow and fast corners. We’ll build in some overtaking opportunities later.

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