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The Sochi International Street Circuit is the Russian round of the 2018 Formula 1 Championship. This new track has been integrated into the public road network surrounding the Olympic Park and is the fourth longest track on the race calendar, closely behind Silverstone, Baku City Circuit and Spa-Francorchamps. Opening in 2014, it marked the end of a thirty year campaign for a Russian Grand Prix that originally started in 1983 with plans for a "Grand Prix of the Soviet Union".
The track combines long straights and fast corners and pushes the drivers to speeds of over 200mph. Running clockwise, the track boasts 18 turns, 12 of which are right hand turns and 6 of which are left hand turns. The circuit start line starts next to the railway station, then the cars runs along the edge of the Russian Coast, overlooking the dramatic Black Sea coastline. From here they will circle the Sochi Medals Plaza, turn around the Bolshoy Ice Dome then manoeuver around tight corners before speeding north above Olympic Village, past the Adler Arena Skating Centre before finishing with two tricky ninety degree turns.