According to the newspaper Izvetia, the Russian government is investigating the preparations for the country’s inaugural Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place in Sochi in October 2014. The report suggests that Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has asked Igor Slyunyayev, the Minister of Regional Development, to set up a commission to urgently assess the situation, with regard to the money being spent and the quality of the construction work. Kozak ordered that the commission include representatives of the Russian Automobile Federation, Formula One Management, the contractor and the Krasnodar regional government. Kozak wants a report delivered by May 15.
The newspaper says that the commission is being created because of revised estimates into the costs involved, which have gone from the planned $250 million to $380 million. It also said that circuit designer Hermann Tilke has sent a report to the construction company Omega, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Krasnodar region, about the quality of the work that has been done. Izvestia says it has the document ordering the establishment of the commission, but cannot get anyone to confirm that there are problems.