Igora Drive to become new home of Russian Grand Prix

Igora Drive will replace Sochi as the new official home of the Russian Grand Prix from the 2023 season and beyond.

The Russian Grand Prix at Sochi has been on the calendar every year since 2014 and fast developed into home territory for Mercedes, who have won every race at the venue during the turbo hybrid era.

But, calendar pending, there will be just two more races at most at the Sochi Autodrom as, from 2023, Igora Drive – situated on the outskirts of St Petersburg – is to take over hosting duties.

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“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,” Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said in a statement released by the venue.

“I am impressed by Saint Petersburg and believe that the Russian Grand Prix at Igora Drive will be an incredible event.”

Although the Igora Drive venue has published confirmation, it has yet to be confirmed by Formula 1 or the Sochi Autodrom.

Igora Drive is an anti-clockwise 4.086km circuit, featuring 14 corners was designed by renowned track creator Hermann Tilke.

After being constructed in 2017, the track received a Grade 1 license in 2020, which is required for a venue to be able to host a leading motorsports series such as Formula 1.

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