Following Formula 1's strategy to push into developing economies around the world, it only seemed a matter of time before Russia took a place on the calendar. It is a momentous sporting year for Russia, with Sochi playing host to the Winter Olympics and then the venue repurposed for their inaugural Grand Prix in October. Situated in the south-west of the country close to the border with Georgia, the track layout looks fast and flowing for a modern circuit, with a slower, more technical final sector. All eyes will be on 19-year old Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kyvat when Formula 1 rolls into town. The Russian youngster rose to prominence in Formula One’s feeder-series GP3.
Circuit length 5.85 km
2014 winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)