Four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel today became the first F1™ driver to lap the newly completed Sochi Autodrom inKrasnodar Krai, Russia, ahead of this year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
F1 has made the 8,000 kilometre trek from Suzuka to the all-new Sochi Autodrom, but many are not in the mood to celebrate the sport's latest destination.
The F1 paddock in Hockenheim has joined the rest of the world in shock at the terrible news emerging from violence-torn Ukraine.
The Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix promoter released a statement assuring that the Russian GP is going ahead as planned.
Kimi Raikkonen had a much tougher time of it, ending up tenth out of ten in the final part of the session.
Sebastian Vettel becomes first Formula One driver to sample new Grand Prix venue in Sochi, Russia.
Bernie Ecclestone plans for 20 Grands Prix in 2014 but now the first Formula One race is Russia is tentative as well as the USA venue in New Jersey.
Conflicts between the Russian Grand Prix organiser Omega and the RAF caused the filing date to the FIA for the 2014 season to be delayed.
Bernie Ecclestone visited site of the 2014 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi today, with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. Later President Putin and Ecclestone talked about the progress at the facility.
"The track will be built on schedule," Tilke said.