MOSCOW Oct 26 The Russian government plans to
spend nearly $200 million building a motor racing circuit in
Sochi to host the country's first Formula One grand prix in
2014, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
"The federal government has allocated 5.846 billion roubles
($195.4 million) for this project," Alaxander Ivanov, deputy
governor of the Krasnodar region, told reporters. He said the
construction of the track itself will cost about $200 million.
The rest of the money will come from sponsorship and private
investors, officials said.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone signed a seven-year
deal with the regional governor last year to stage a Russian
Grand Prix in the Black Sea resort from 2014 until 2020.
Sochi is also hosting the 2014 Winter Games and the opening
race could be put back a year if it hinders preparations for the
However, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin backing the
Formula One project, Russian officials have been optimistic that
all the infrastructure would be built on time.
(Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; editing by Robert Woodward)
To query or comment on this story email
(Editing by Robert Woodward)