Track Quirks: Sochi's Olympic Links

September 28, 2019
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As Formula 1 heads to Russia, we take a peek at the sport’s Olympic links in Sochi

At face value, the Sochi Autodrom - home of the Russian Grand Prix - seems like any other racing facility. Its 18 corners carefully link together to form a 5.848-km combination of high speeds and heavy braking. But not all is what it seems in the Black Sea resort town.

Look a little closer and Formula 1’s Olympic links are revealed, with the Sochi Autodrom layout weaving between the buildings and facilities that were home to the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On a lap of the Sochi Autodrom, drivers pass a number of landmarks from the Winter Olympics of yesteryear, including the Medals Plaza at Turn 3, the Bolshoy Snow Dome at Turns 4-8 and the Adler Arena at Turn 10 – home of the speed skating events during the 2014 games.

This makes Sochi one of the most unique circuits on the F1 calendar – and we’ve particularly enjoyed its quirks here at the team too, with Checo memorably securing a podium finish in the 2015 edition of the race.

Of course, outside of Russia and away from Sochi, Formula 1 continues to boast Olympic links – with a number of drivers competing in the Summer and Winter games over the years.

Italy’s Alex Zanardi is one such driver, having secured four gold medals and a pair of silver medals in Handcycling at London 2012 and Rio 2016.