Russia hope their new May date on the Formula One calendar becomes a regular fixture.
Organisers of the Russian Grand Prix are hopeful that their newly negotiated May date in Formula One's calendar will become a long-term fixture.
This year's race will take place in October, as it did in its debut season in 2014, but the 2016 event will be held between April 29 and May 1, following discussions with Bernie Ecclestone.
"This new date is much better for us. We had actually been discussing an option to have the May date for this year," race promoter Sergey Vorobyev told Autosport.
"Unfortunately it didn't work out, but we're glad it now has for 2016, and we hope it will stay as our date for years to come.
"The main reason for this is the first of May is the start of a long nine, 10-day holiday season in Russia.
"This is a period of the year when people typically have a four or five-day vacation or the full vacation, so it means they won't have to take time off to be in Sochi.
"Also, until the middle of May, it is still the skiing season, so people will be able to combine visiting Formula 1 and skiing, which makes attending even more attractive."