Next generation of Russian race drivers emerges on F1's radar

Nicolay Martsenko during the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Monte-Carlo

Nicolay Martsenko during the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Monte-Carlo

Amid the country’s rising presence in Formula 1, the next generation of Russian race drivers is emerging on on the sport’s radar.

The Black Sea coastal city of Sochi is set to host the inaugural Russian Grand Prix next year, the supercar maker Marussia has a Formula 1 team, and struggling Sauber has been bailed out by a cabal of Russian government-linked entities.

Also, the next Russian connection with F1 could involve the great British team Williams, who in recent days have been linked with the new Russian GP2 team, Russian Time.

Italiaracing reports a link between the ownership of the Russian Time team and the father of Artem Markelov, an 18-year-old competing in the German F3 series.

Elsewhere, Oksana Kosachenko, the former manager of Russia’s first F1 driver Vitaly Petrov, has reportedly started working with a new Russian hopeful, Nikolay Martsenko.

It has been rumoured that Kosachenko is set to step down as commercial director of the Formula 1 team Caterham.

“Actually, I have two interesting proposals,” she told Russia’s Championat, insisting that, at the moment, she is still working for Caterham.

Kosachenko, however, played down suggestions that Martsenko is poised to make the leap into F1.

“We are discussing Nikolay seriously, but I met with his father just recently and we have a clear conviction that he needs a third season in the Renault world series,” she said. (GMM)

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