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Russian GP track on schedule

The new Sochi track that will play host to the Russian Grand Prix in 2014 is firmly on target, according to organisers.

The race control complex is said to be in the final stages of construction as it prepares to host its first ever Formula 1 grand prix.

The circuit is being built within the larger complex that will be used for the Winter Olympics in the same year.

While the the race control building was nearing completion, "exterior and interior works and installation works" on the pit complex are set to get underway next spring.

The 3.7-mile circuit layout was also beginning to take shape.

The statement read: "Many massive Olympic venues are already built, some sport facilities have been put in commission, while the motorsport venue is in the active phase of construction.

"Construction crews are making good progress with the preparing of groundworks and laying of the asphalt coat.

"The first layer of pavement has been laid in some areas."

F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke added: "Together with [track builder] Omega and Formula Sochi we are deeply involved in the Russian Grand Prix project and we are glad that all works are going according to schedule considering the large amount of coordination necessary with the Olympic construction."