Sochi Autodrom, Sochi
It made its debut on the calendar in 2014 and the race was not exactly a thriller. The 5.848 kilometre long circuit was built around the Sochi Olympic Park, featuring some of the sports venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The start line is near the railway station and then the circuit wends its way along a picturesque route past the Medals Plaza, home to the five ringed prize giving ceremonies. The final part is rather slow, with various right angle corners, which require pretty high downforce levels. This circuit, like many of the new generation, puts traction at a premium, highlighting the difficulties of those who don’t have it.
After this point, drivers can activate the DRS and try and pull some passing move.
The last sector
After the long pit straight comes the mixed part of the track, which is a real litmus test, highlighting which cars have the best aerodynamics.