Former Olympic venue set to host 15th round of 2015 F1 season

Nico Hulkneberg in action at the Sochi Autodrom in his Force India
Nico Hulkneberg in action at the Sochi Autodrom in his Force India

The former Olympic Park in Sochi will echo to the sound of F1 racing engines this weekend when the latest round of the F1 World Championship takes place in Russia, writes James Beckett.

Sochi played host to the 2014 Winter Olympics and last October the first Russian Grand Prix took place on a track circulating the Olympic Park, won by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

The 15th round of 2015 will take place at the Black Sea resort on Sunday and Hamilton arrives in Russia with a comfortable lead at the head of the Drivers’ standings.

The British racer leads his Brackley-based Mercedes team-mateNico Rosberg by 48 points with five races left.

He said: “I enjoyed my visit to Sochi last year and was proud to win. I am looking forward to another good race this week.” Segio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg (pictured) will drive for Silverstone-based Sahara Force India, while Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. race for Bicester’s Toro Rosso team.

Hulkenberg said: “Sochi Autodrom has some great corners and is a very technical track. My aim is to finish well and score further points.”