Sochi Grand Prix venue visited by Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has given Sochi Grand Prix circuit a thumbs up
Hot off his victory in Bahrain, Sebastian Vettel has become the first Formula One driver to visit the Sochi Grand Prix venue in Russia. Vettel, who was visiting Russia with fellow Infiniti Red Bull ambassador David Coulthard were impressed with the proposed circuit which is due for completion in 2014.
Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics and will become home to the third longest race circuit on the calendar. When speaking about the circuit Vettel had this to say: “It is a great privilege to be the first Formula One driver to visit the new Sochi venue. After trying a section of the track in the FX Vettel Edition, I can already see it will be a fun circuit to drive in a Formula One car and the rest of the venue is very impressive. I’m really looking forward to coming back here for the Grand Prix next year.”
Formula One entering the Russian market comes at an interesting time, with no Russian driver currently competing and Russian / Banbury based team, Marusia still struggling in their fourth season in the sport. Though the Grand Prix is yet to be confirmed for 2014 it is hoped by Russian organisers, Formula Sochi will soon come to an agreement with the FIA, teams and Formula One Management.
It is hoped that development on the Olympic Park is not delayed in the same way the New Jersey Grand Prix has been in America. Oleg Zabara, who is responsible for preporations and organisation for the Russian Grand Prix offered assurances that the circuit is on schedule: “Construction of the track and the main facilities is on schedule, and in 2014 the world will see the new world- class circuit. Hosting a Formula One Grand Prix is a key project for this country, highlighting the status and the image of modern Russia.”