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Sochi circuit passes FIA inspection

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F1 race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed Russia's new Sochi Autodrom has passed its inspection ahead of its maiden Russian Grand Prix on October 12.

The site, built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, was inspected by an FIA delegation led by Whiting on Tuesday.

"The circuit is in extremely good condition and - yes - it will be issued with a licence," Whiting said. "Everything has been done according to the plans. The kerbs are very good, the verges, the guardrails, the walls - everything is in an extremely good condition. Everything has been done to the highest standards and I'm extremely pleased. I can say without hesitation that the circuit is ready 60 days in advance, which is very rare really."

Whiting also said he does not think the venue will need another FIA visit before October's race.

Race promoter Sergey Vorobyev said: "We were ready for Mr Whiting's visit and we want to congratulate our builders who have made this positive verdict happen. We were confident that FIA would appreciate the efforts made by our team to implement the technical details that have been so highly reviewed by Mr Whiting today.

"Now that Sochi Autodrom has received a licence, everything else is up to the organizers of the events and as such we are working intensely on ensuring that all aspects of the event are fully prepared. It is our aim to make this a truly unforgettable event with the comfort and enjoyment of our guests at the forefront of all our efforts."

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