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Sochi city mayor Anatoly Pakhomov has conceded that the inaugural Russian Grand Prix – slated to appear on the F1 calendar in 2014 – may not occur if its organisation disrupts the parallel preparations for the Winter Olympic Games.
The dual preparations has made the International Olympic Committee “worried”, according to reports last month, with the IOC claiming that Sochi would find it “impossible” to organise two major events simultaneously.
Pakhomov has been quoted by Reuters that, while he sees both events continuing as planned, a postponement of the F1 event may have to be on the cards if there are unexpected hurdles.
“I don’t foresee any slippage of the race into 2015 being necessary,” he said.
It is believed that the F1 circuit will use several of the Olympic Games purpose-built facilities for the Grand Prix, such as the International Media Centre.