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Russian Grand Prix 2021

Modifications underway at new home of Russian GP Igora Drive

Michael Masi has confirmed that work is underway Igora Drive to get ready for the 2023 Russian Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has revealed that changes are being made at Igora Drive to ensure that the venue is ready to host the 2023 Russian Grand Prix.

The undulating circuit will replace Sochi and will be made longer to be brought in line with most F1 circuits 5.18km.

“There’s a number of changes that are being worked through together with the circuit,” Masi told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. “They’re already doing an extension on there, which is a longer extension, which is well advanced.

“But one thing that probably isn’t appreciated is the topography. It’s actually amazing, the topography and that’s something you don’t appreciate from seeing on a drawing.”

The circuit, which first opened in 2019, is also being designed and modified to accommodate both Moto GP races and F1.

It’s also an FIM Grade A circuit, so we’re working together with our friends at the FIM and the circuit themselves to implement a few changes with regards to extending the number of garages," said Masi.

“There’s some run-off areas and the changing kerbs and things like that. But nothing unusual, let’s call it, from what we would have seen going to a pre-event inspection for a new facility.”

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