From April 29th to the 1st of May, the Sochi Autodrom will host the 4th round of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship. The track, designed by architect Hermann Tilke, runs through the Olympic Village created for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
At 5.848 km long, it is the fourth longest in the Formula 1 World Championship, after Spa-Francorchamps, Baku and Silverstone. Because it is not used very often, the performance of the single-seaters gets better with each session as the asphalt rubberizes. Another unknown is the calendar change because the two previous editions were held in October.
For example, in 2015 the asphalt temperature stayed between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius throughout the entire race. According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 tracks in the World Championship on a scale of 1 to 10, the Sochi Autodrom falls into the category of the most demanding circuits for brakes. The Sochi track earned a difficulty index of 8, identical Monza's rating.