Formula One - Russian GP will go ahead says Ecclestone

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Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone stands in the paddock during the first practice session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 22, 2014 ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (AFP Photo/BEN STANSALL)

- Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he had no doubt that this year's controversial inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi will go ahead as planned in early October.

Speaking to reporters in the paddock at Belgian Grand Prix practice, the 83-year-old Briton said he and Formula One would respect their contract with the promoters.

"We have a contract," he said. "Our friends there are happy with the contract, we are happy. We will be there. If people have arguments with Russia, maybe they have, but we haven't got any."

Earlier this week, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) race director Charlie Whiting gave the Sochi Autodrome circuit the green light to stage the race from October 10-12.