Sebastian Vettel the first driver to visit under-construction Russian GP circuit
German sampled part of the circuit at Winter Olympic Park
By William Esler. Last Updated: April 23, 2013 10:53am
Sebastian Vettel visited the Sochi Winter Olympic Park on Monday, which is the proposed venue for a Russian Grand Prix in 2014.
Construction of a race circuit through the park is already underway, with Russian officials keen to utilise the site following the 22nd Winter Olympics next February.
Vettel is the first F1 driver to sample the venue and drove part of the track in a road car as part of an Infiniti event.
"It is a great privilege to be the first Formula 1 driver to visit the new Sochi venue," the triple World Champion said.
"After trying a section of the track, 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."
Oleg Zabara, Deputy General Director of the company responsible for organising the Russian Grand Prix, added: "The racing circuit in Sochi is part of the post-Olympic heritage program, designed to utilise the infrastructure built for the Winter Olympic Games.
"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 1 Grand Prix is a key project for this country, highlighting the status and the image of modern Russia."