Russia increasingly saying ‘dah!’ to F1 racing: new track in Moscow announced

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As the country prepares for its first Formula One race 16 months from now in Sochi, Ria Novosti Sport reported Wednesday that that the Russian government will begin construction next year on a permanent F1 race track near Moscow.

“On this track, it will be possible to hold a round of Formula One racing. The rest of the time it could be used by car fans and for motorsport competitions,” said Moscow development official Vladimir Zhidkin.

The track is to be located near Vnukovo Airport, south of the Russian capital. Construction is slated to begin sometime next year, with completion due in 2016.

Sochi, located along the Black Sea, will play host to the upcoming Winter Olympics first early in 2014. Then, nearly nine months later in either late October or early November, Sochi will host the first Russian Grand Prix on a street course that will be constructed around some of the key Olympic venues.

Moscow already has one major racetrack, Moscow Raceway, which opened last year. While that track is certified to hold F1 testing, according to Ria Novosti Sport, it would need upgrades to both access and accommodations.

Moscow Raceway already hosts a number of events, including rounds of the World Series by Renault, the World Superbike Championship and the DTM German Touring Car Championship.

Ferrari junior Ilott victorious in Macau F3 qualification race

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Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.

Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.

Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.

With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.

“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.

“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”

Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.

Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.

You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.