Sochi Olympic Park Circuit is a 5.872 km Formula One racing road course/street circuit under construction in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. The circuit is similar to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the Sydney Olympic Park Circuit in that it will run around a venue used for Olympic competition; in this case, the Sochi Olympic Park site, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The inaugural race is due to take place in 2014, the first year of a seven-year contract; however, it has been reported that the race may be pushed back to 2015 if the International Olympic Committee believes that preparations for the race will interfere with the Winter Olympics In October 2011, the Russian government set aside US$195.4 million for the construction of the circuit.
The 5.9-kilometre (3.7 mi) circuit will be the third-longest circuit on the Formula One calendar, behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in Great Britain. The circuit will be built around the Sochi Olympic Park "coastal cluster", a collection of venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics that will host ice hockey, speed skating and the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. The surface will not be laid until after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics.
The circuit will start on the northern edge of the Olympic Park near the train station, running down to the central "medals plaza", the podium for Olympic medals presentations. The circuit will circle the plaza and head east to the Bolshoy Ice Dome and navigate a series of tight corners before turning north where it will skirt the edge of the Olympic Park, above the main Olympic Village and the Adler Arena Skating Center. It will then pass the skating and curling centres, before funneling up behind the pit paddock toward the train station, and completing a circuit with a one hundred and eighty degree bend. Some 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) of the circuit length will take place on public roads.