The Russian Grand Prix will be making a move in 2023 from Sochi to a new purpose-built circuit outside of St. Petersburg.
Sochi has hosted every Russian race since joining the calendar in 2014, but is set to be replaced by the Autodrom Igora Drive, which was designed by Hermann Tilke.
The FIA granted the venue Grade 1 status at the end of 2020, and so, it will now become the second Russian host of a Formula 1 Grand Prix in history.
According to F1 officials, the circuit is 54km from St Petersburg and just 150km from the border of Finland – boasting 10 potential track layouts over approximately 100 hectares.
Speaking about the news, F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said; “I am pleased to confirm following joint intensive work with our Russian partners and detailed assessment of Igora Drive – Formula 1 will be racing at that amazing circuit from 2023.
“I am impressed by St Petersburg and believe that the Russian Grand Prix at Igora Drive will be an incredible event.”
Organisers confirmed that more details on the race will be released to the public in the coming months – meanwhile, this year’s Russian Grand Prix is set to take place at Sochi on September 26.