• Russian Grand Prix

Russian authorities look to calm GP fears

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Giancarlo Fisichella drives past St. Basils cathedral during the 'Moscow City Racing' show in 2011 © Getty Images

Reports that work had stopped on Sochi's F1 circuit, future home of the Russian Grand Prix, this week drew attention to political changes in the region that could spell the end of the race.

A government reshuffle that took place in Russia's Krasnodar region in March saw a number of supporters and originators of the F1 project lose their jobs. Construction work is said to have ground to a halt, prompting concerns the Russian Grand Prix will be postponed, if not called off.

But the Russian Automobile Federation is confident the race will go ahead as scheduled.

"I have no doubts that this event will be held successfully," said Igor Yermilin, adviser with the RAF. "Our country has never failed in delivering such big international events, nor has it neglected its obligations. Especially considering Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has become our president."