Russia is set to have its third Hermann Tilke designed circuit, with word that the ubiquitous track designer will pen a new motorsport facility near Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, which will be capable of staging Formula 1 races when completed.
That lends an obvious conclusion that the circuit could one day take over from the Tilke facility that has been constructed in Sochi, which has a contract to host the Russian Grand Prix from 2015-2020.
The Russian central government is known to be unhappy with the massive cost blowouts that the Sochi construction has incurred, so quite why it will invest yet more millions into another venue is a curious idea indeed…
The only logic would be that the government wants to move the Grand Prix away from Sochi before its contract runs out.
There were rumours of a street circuit Grand Prix in the city of St Petersburg, but a purpose-built facility carries lower long-term costs and the new site’s close location to an airport and the city centre is a major drawcard.
Should the construction be given the green light, it would be the third Tilke circuit to be built in Russia.
Interestingly, there already exists a world-class circuit, the Moscow Raceway – also a Tilke GmbH facility – which is located to the city’s northwest, albeit further away from the city than the new proposed site. The Moscow Raceway is not yet F1 homologated, but it is licensed to stage F1 tests and has already hosted a number of motorsport championships, including the FIA World Touring Car Championship earlier this year.
Next year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix will take place at Sochi, the host city of the winter Olympic Games later this year.