Moscow enjoys Formula One sights and sounds

Formula 1 on the streets of Moscow

Formula One on the streets of Moscow

Jul.16 (GMM) Moscow was the word on Formula One fanatics’ lips at the weekend, as on the last days off before the arduous Hockenheim-Hungary double header, Russia was the centre of the sport’s attention.

Giancarlo FisichellaAlthough the coastal resort city Sochi will host the first Russian grand prix in 2014, modern F1 cars and current drivers including Lewis Hamilton demonstrated their skills on a temporary street circuit around the Kremlin.

“I think Moscow has an opportunity, I hope, in the future to put on a street race,” Briton Hamilton is quoted by Ria Novosti news agency.

Also in action for the Moscow City Racing event were Charles Pic (Marussia) and Ferrari tester Giancarlo Fisichella. Moscow City Hall spokesman Vladimir Chernikov admitted that he hopes it was a prelude to something more.

“Moscow really is ready to hold a Formula One stage,” he said.

Meanwhile, at Moscow’s new F1 test-standard circuit Moscow Raceway, four time world champion Alain Prost said a street race in the Russian capital “could be possible”.

“I know that Bernie (Ecclestone) and some constructors would love it,” he said.

At Moscow Raceway, Red Bull‘s F1 car was demonstrated as the track made its race debut for a round of the Formula Renault 3.5 series.

Russian grand prix driver Vitaly Petrov, meanwhile, showed off the Caterham, and Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo was also there.

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  • jimmy

    that debut was a laugh in WSR 3.5, really clumsy stewards no cranes to pick up the cars, the half of the race was under SC because of this. Looks good for 2014 guys, NOT! The street circuit around the Kremlin would be way cooler.