Last week the change of location for the Russian Grand Prix was announced which, starting from 2023, will be held on the Igora Drive track and no longer in Sochi.
The circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, is located about fifty kilometers from St. Petersburg and after being inaugurated in 2019 has so far only hosted national competitions.
The DTM and W Series were supposed to hit the track last season, but the intent was thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to accommodate the next generation of Formula 1 single-seaters, the circuit will undergo an extension that will bring its length from the current 4 to the future 5 Km. To do this, the length of the straights will be increased, while the final part will present important changes of slope.
Alexey Titov, CEO of Russian GP promoter Rosgnonki, exclusively confirmed plans to change the track to Motorsport.com.
“There is a project to lengthen the track, in addition, a difference in height will be added in some corners, thus creating banking, and from a sporting point of view we will see an exciting show”.
The promoters have published an updated circuit map on their social profiles where it is noted how the final section of curves that connect the two straights will be abolished, while the single-seaters will be thrown into a roller coaster ride thanks to slopes that will also touch the 12%.
Thanks to the planned works, the overall extension of the Igora Drive circuit will go from the current 4.08 km to the future 5.18 km and the two massive straights have been planned to allow overtaking the modern F1 single-seaters with greater ease.
In addition to the extension of the track, the works will also focus on increasing the infrastructure of the venue, including the addition of several garages for the F1 teams. Most of the existing facilities will remain unchanged however, as expansion was planned from the outset in case Formula 1 was hosted.
“There will definitely not be a global restructuring,” Titov explained. “In terms of size, the structure is not very different from European tracks in terms of major infrastructure such as the centrlae grandstand, the pit building, etc. Therefore, there will certainly be no refurbishment, but we will expand or lengthen a certain number. of zones “.
“At the moment we don’t have enough garages, but we will increase their number with temporary structures that will match the architecture of the context”.
Titov then spoke of the excellent feedback received not only by the president of the FIA, Jean Todt, but also by Stefano Domenicali who visited the Igora Drive track last week.
“We have received a lot of positive reviews. Obviously there are some points on which we must pay attention, but these are mainly technical comments ”.