Russia in talks to extend F1 contract and make it night race

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MOSCOW (AP) The Russian government says it is in talks to extend its contract to host Formula One’s Russian Grand Prix beyond 2020 and wants to make it a night race.

At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Kozak said he wanted to follow the example of Singapore with a switch to the “more popular” night format, according to state news agencies.

Formula One’s first Russian Grand Prix was held in October 2014 at a track looping around some of the venues from last year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Russian race is the next round of this season, taking place October 11.