Earlier today, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Russian president Vladimir Putin met to discuss this fall’s Russian Grand Prix, which will take place at the Sochi Olympic Park.
Putin acknowledged that work remains to be done to get the Sochi street circuit and its facilities ready to go for F1, but told Ecclestone that the Grand Prix is still on track.
“We will overcome [those issues],” Putin told Ecclestone according to AFP.
“It is very pleasing for me that the project is going to be a bright, beautiful addition to what was done in the preparations for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.
“…We have been working on the project to bring Formula One to Sochi for a long time and it is moving to its full conclusion.”
The circuit is a 3.6-mile course that is being created around the venues of the Sochi Olympics/Paralympics’ “Coastal Cluster.”
CNBC recently got a brief look of the new track, which Russian officials surely hope will help them keep the Sochi Olympic Park from falling into “white elephant” status like other past Olympic venues have.
The Russian GP is set to take place on Oct. 10-12, 2014 as the 17th race on this year’s 19-race F1 World Championship calendar.
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”