The last time Whiting was Russia, it was a year ago. All he could see was a building site.
"It looks so much better!" he said. "The track itself is going to be really fast and the drivers will love it. I'm sure of that."
A bit like the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the Sochi Autodrom is located in an Olympic park, which should create an interesting backdrop for the race.
As far as the track itself is concerned, Whiting confirmed there will be two DRS zones, between corners 1 and 2, and between 8 and 10. He also thinks turn 3 to 8 will be something to watch.
Furthermore, Whiting is satisfied with the safety of the track: "It's absolutely first class, I could not describe it any better than that," he said.
"It's going to be a spectacular race and I'm really looking forward to it."