MAY 5, 2021
2022 Russia GP venue switch confirmed then denied
The relocation of the Russian GP became semi-official late on Tuesday - before the information was quickly denied.
We reported last weekend that concrete plans are afoot to have the race moved to a new circuit in Leningrad Oblast, Igora Drive, after this year's Sochi event.
On social media, someone posted a question on the official account of the Russian federal territory Sirius - in whose jurisdiction sits the Sochi circuit.
"Formula 1 will be held in Sirius (Sochi) on September 23-26," came the official reply. "Next year, the event will take place in St Petersburg and then return to Sirius yet again a year later."
However, the official press service of the Sirius federal territory then denied the information.
"The information that the social media specialist gave in the comments was wrong," a spokesperson told Russia's Championat.
"These comments have already been removed so as not to mislead any more people."