Russian GP organisers hire Abu Dhabi CEO

Thursday 26th December 2013, 16:01 by TF1T Staff 

Formula Sochi

The organisers of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, which is set to take place in 2014, have hired Yas Marina circuit chief executive Richard Cregan to oversee their preparations.

The former Toyota F1 team manager has been in charge of running the Abu Dhabi GP since it joined the calendar in 2009 and Oleg Zabara, promoter for the Sochi event, is counting on Cregan's experience to ensure the first Russian race goes just as well.

"The combined, impressive experience that the international consultants (Cregan Rasgaira Consultancy) have, their understanding of the Formula 1 world, and the desire to do the F1 Russian Grand Prix at the highest level guarantee a good result of our teamwork," said Zabara.

"The knowledge and experience which we will get in the course of this co-operation will ensure not only the hosting of a world-class grand prix, but also effective use of the autodrome in Sochi all year round."

Cregan confirmed he would remain involved with the Abu Dhabi event in an advisory role, admitting it was a difficult decision to focus his efforts elsewhere.

"Moving on from Abu Dhabi was a tough decision for me but I have always enjoyed a new challenge and remain an advisor to the chairman and management there," he said.

"I am convinced that the F1 Russian Grand Prix will become one of the iconic events in the Formula 1 calendar and we will be able to build a very successful business by utilising the amazing assets and the passion of the team here in Sochi."

The Russian GP will debut on October 12th as the 16th round.

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