Final week it was introduced the Russian Grand Prix would change in 2023 from Sochi to the Igora Drive venue close to St. Petersburg, on a Hermann Tilke-designed circuit.
The newly constructed monitor is a part of the Igora ski resort some 50km north of St Petersburg in the direction of the Finnish border, nestled in between the Gulf of Finland and the scenic Lake Ladoga.
The Igora Drive circuit, which opened in 2019, has thus far solely hosted home sequence – with anticipated visits from the DTM and W Sequence thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the intention to accommodate F1 automobiles, the present 4km monitor will obtain a deliberate 1km extension, that includes longer straights and a quick ultimate loop that includes dramatic elevation adjustments.
Talking completely to Autosport, Alexey Titov – the CEO of Russian GP promoter Rosgonski – mentioned the adjustments will make the monitor “an thrilling sight”, additionally that includes banked corners.
“There’s a plan that the monitor goes to be lengthened,” Titov mentioned. “Within the present configuration it’s nearer to the tip of the record in size if we evaluate it with different tracks within the Formulation 1 calendar.
“Due to this fact, it must be made longer. Just a little extra elevation distinction will probably be added, some turns will grow to be banked, so from a sporting standpoint will probably be an thrilling sight.”
A monitor map posted by the promoter on social media revealed the present ultimate sequence of gradual corners connecting the back and front straight will probably be bypassed.
Igora Drive Autodrom map
Picture by: Rosgonki
As a substitute, automobiles will swoop right into a rollercoaster ultimate loop that includes a number of left-hand apexes adopted by a pointy right-hand hairpin, going up and down a 12% hill.
The 1km extension, which is able to take Igora Drive’s whole size from four.08km to five.18km, additionally ensures each straights will probably be lengthened to make overtaking in fashionable F1 automobiles extra possible.
Along with the monitor extension, work will deal with rising the venue’s infrastructure together with including a number of garages for F1 groups.
Most present services will stay unchanged nevertheless, because the growth was deliberate from the beginning in case Igora Drive would be capable to entice F1.
“There will certainly not be a world restructuring,” Titov defined. “By way of measurement, the ability will not be a lot totally different from European tracks if we speak about the principle infrastructure, similar to the principle grandstand, the pit constructing and so forth.
“Due to this fact, there will certainly not be any restructuring, however we’ll broaden or lengthen a variety of zones.
“There are actually not sufficient garages, we’ll enhance their quantity. However that is solved by non permanent buildings and neat aesthetic extensions to the constructing.”
Titov mentioned the ability acquired the thumbs up from each FIA president Jean Todt in addition to F1 chief Stefano Domenicali, who visited Igora final week.
“We acquired a really massive variety of optimistic opinions from [Domenicali],” Titov added.
“After all, there are feedback on the mandatory factors we have to take note of, in order that the circuit is extra relevant to Formulation 1. However these are all feedback of a technical nature.”