The Formula One Russian Grand Prix is an annual motor race held at the Sochi Autodrom, a street circuit built around the Olympic facility at Sochi, Russia.
It was officially announced in 2010 that the Formula races will be held from 2014, a seven year contract was signed.
Plans of hosting a Grand Prix in Russia emerged in the early 1980s, with a proposed race circuit in Moscow to be run under the name "Grand Prix of the Soviet Union". The race was infact included in the provisional calendar for 1983, but bureaucratic barriers at that time prevented the Grand Prix from happening, and the race was removed from all subsequent revisions of the calendar.
Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was s with the Moscow council approving a project to build a track in the Molzhaninovsky area in the Northern District of Moscow, to be known as Nagatino Islandtill in talks to bring the sport to the communist country but Hungary became the first communist nation to host the Grand Prix back in 1986.
In 2001 the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin extended his support to the project of the "Pulkovskoe Ring" near Pulkovo. In 2003 another attempt with the Moscow council approving a project to build a circuit in the Molzhaninovsky province in the Northern District of Moscow, to be known as Nagatino Island, it was abandoned after a dispute over the commercial contract.
Vitaly Petrov became the first Russian F1 driver when he joined the Renault team in 2010. This further added momentum in attempts of bringing Formula One to the country and an official statement was released on October 14, 2010. A 5.9km street circuit was sanctioned which would run through the Olympic park at Sochi.
The Inaugural Formula One Russian Grand Prix was held on October 12, 2014 where Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas finished third for Williams.
Mercedes have won every single race at Russia since its inception.