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


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.