'Sochi venue is very impressive' – Vettel
22 April 2013 – Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to experience the new Russian Grand Prix circuit in Sochi on Monday, making a promotional visit to the part-completed venue directly after his victory in Bahrain. The German, who was joined by ex-Formula 1 star David Coulthard, drove various Infiniti road cars on tarmacked areas of the track.
Vettel later toured the facilities with Russian Government officials and Formula Sochi, the body behind the circuit's construction, before explaining in a press conference: "It is a great privilege to be the first Formula 1 driver to visit the new Sochi venue.
"After trying a section of the track in the FX Vettel Edition, I can already see it will be a fun circuit to drive in a Formula 1 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."
Russia is scheduled to join the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, having initially agreed upon a seven-year deal with Bernie Ecclestone. Circuit organisers predict the venue to be completed by July of next year, while a race date has not yet been confirmed.