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Sochi loses Russian GP as race switches to Igora Drive in 2023

The Russian Grand Prix will be held at Igora Drive in 2023, RacingNews365 has learned.

Formula 1's Russian Grand Prix will move from the Sochi Autodrom to Igora Drive in 2023. The venue, located 50 kilometres from St. Petersburg, was built in 2017/2018 and holds FIA Grade 1 status. “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, as quoted by Igora Drive in a short statement. "I am impressed by Saint Petersburg and believe that the Russian Grand Prix at Igora Drive will be an incredible event." Designed by Hermann Tilke, the circuit boasts a full floodlighting system that make it possible to hold a night race. Igora Drive was scheduled to hold the first round of the 2020 DTM Championship last year, but was cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The switch of venue away from the Sochi Autodrom has been officially confirmed by Formula 1, although details such as the length of the contract are yet to be made clear.

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