The inaugural Russian Grand Prix could be under threat after the organizers of the race missed the deadline for submitting their application to the FIA.
The race is planned to be held in Sochi as part of the complex built for next year’s Winter Olympics, with the event taking place towards the end of the 2014 season. Despite construction work continuing, the failure to submit the application in time could threaten Formula One’s debut in Russia.
The Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) released a statement confirming the passing of the deadline.
“The application to the FIA for submitting the Russian Grand Prix to the 2014 Formula 1 calendar was not sent in proper time as JSC Omega (Promoter) didn’t fulfil the necessary conditions.”
The FIA had previously contacted the RAF about the matter, informing the body: “We kindly ask you to submit your requests for all events as soon as possible, and no later than 31 July 2013, except in the case of force majeure.”
Therefore, the RAF is still confident of meeting the guidelines under this final point of force majeure.
“RAF informs that it is ready to include the Russian Grand Prix on to the FIA calendar under force-majeure conditions, permissible by the FIA, as soon as the promoter fulfils all the necessary formalities.”