Yandex Adopts Search Project for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi

As originally posted on the official Yandex blog, this upcoming weekend from October 10th to 12th, the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix race will take place at the new track at Sochi’s Olympic Park.  The track has agreed to host the race through 2020. To stay up to speed with the events, motorsport fans in Russia now have a special search model for the F1 race provided by Yandex.

Grand Prix Search on Yandex

This is a special internal Yandex search project that can be accessed when users type [formula 1 Sochi] or [Grand Prix Russia]. Users then see course information, schedule, drivers, and can easily check the standings and qualifications after the races.  Search queries on the drivers or names of teams will populate results with photos and short blurbs relevant to race car driving.

As seen here, the course information includes the length of the track at 5853.7 Meters, average speed of a race car at 215 KM per hour, the length of a lap at 96.9 seconds, and the 53 total laps.  The same site can be visited to view the small red arrow as it travels through the course and syncs up with the video display at the bottom left corner to give users a driver’s point of view.

The Russian Grand Prix lasts for three days and consists of three rounds: free races, qualification races, and the competition race.  While these races occur, users who log into the special Yandex page can follow the drivers’ position on the race course and find links to broadcasts.  The results of each stage of the race will be listed and users can also watch video clips of the best moments after each race.

Users can also access a panorama view of the Sochi race track through Yandex.Maps, even getting a clear look inside a team garage. or a view from the main podium.

Yandex Maps of Olympic Park Sochi Racetrack

Motorsport fans typically make a lot of search queries related to such events like the Russian Grand Prix.  The recent search project will provide users with a particularly fun and interactive way to follow along with this weekend’s events!