Moscow Raceway can now host Formula 1 races after licence upgraded to FIA Grade 1
Tilke-designed circuit opened in 2012 and has hosted DTM and FR3.5
By William Esler
Last Updated: 22/10/14 8:50am
Moscow Raceway has had its licence upgraded to an FIA Grade 1 meaning it can now host a Formula 1 grand prix.
The circuit, which was designed by Hermann Tilke, opened in July 2012 and has staged World Touring Car Championship, World Superbikes, DTM and World Series by Renault races over the past two years.
Despite its name, Moscow Raceway is actually located 60 miles from the city near the villages of Sheludkovo and Fedyukovo.
“Moscow Raceway now has a new FIA Grade 1 license,” a statement on the circuit's website read.
“Since its opening in 2012 the track was approved by the highest sporting authorities and received T1 license which allowed to host world racing races and F1 tests and rides. After three successful international seasons Moscow Raceway has upgraded its status and now can host all kind of races including Formula 1.”
Russia staged its first Formula 1 grand prix earlier this month when Lewis Hamilton took victory in Sochi at a semi-permanent circuit around the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.