April 24, 2013
Sebastian in Sochi
April 24 – Sochi, Russia – Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver and Formula One triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to test out the new Russian Grand Prix circuit, in preparation for the 2014 F1 season.
Coming off of his second Grand Prix win this season at the Bahrain circuit, Vettel drove an Infiniti FX Vettel Edition and an Infiniti M37, with F1 driver David Coulthard, around the yet unfinished 3.7-mile track.
Vettel and Coulthard are the first F1 drivers to visit the Sochi Olympic Park in Russia, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Nikolay Buturlakin, Vice Governor of the Krasnodar Region responsible for Olympic Park construction, rode a section of the track with Vettel to get a feel for the circuit that will host Russia’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix race following the Games.
The first World Championship Grand Prix was held in 1950 at Silverstone in the UK. Since then, 69 circuits have hosted a Grand Prix. For next year’s 2014 season, the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit and the Port Imperial Street Circuit, in New Jersey in the U.S., will be the two newest tracks.