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Olympic concern over Russian Grand Prix

ESPNF1 Staff
November 29, 2010 « Defiant Massa rejects pressure talk | »

It will be "impossible" for Russia to host its first Formula One Grand Prix and the Winter Olympics in 2014, according to International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Andrew Mitchell.

"We want to ensure that both events - the Olympic Winter Games and the Formula One race - will be staged on the best conditions for all the parties involved," he told Sovetsky Sport newspaper. "However, we believe that it is impossible to organise two events of such size in one year."

The media report said the IOC has requested thorough documentation of the F1 project and its construction schedule.

Russia's Federation of Motor Sports and Tourism vice-president Igor Ermilin said this move is to "understand where and when will be critical moments" of the F1 preparations. "The IOC wants to make sure that the Olympics won't fail," he added. "That's why they are worried."

The plans for the grand prix include using many of the facilities being built for the Winter Olympics.

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