Renault to take Formula One racing to Russia 29 Aug 2003
Renault will become the first Formula One team to run on Russian soil later this year when Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso take to the streets of Moscow in their R23s.
On October 18, a week after the end of the 2003 Formula One season, the two Renault men will demonstrate their machines on the roads of the Russian capital, allowing fans to get up close to both cars and drivers.
"I am looking forward to sharing my passion for Formula One with the Russian public," said Trulli of the event, which has been organised with the full support of national and City of Moscow authorities.
"Compared to a Grand Prix, this kind of event allows the fans to really get up close and experience what F1 is all about. It's going to be a special day for the spectators, and for the team."
Team mate Alonso is equally enthusiastic: "In May, when I ran my F1 car in downtown Madrid, we had over 100,000 spectators turn up. That was an unforgettable day, and I think we can expect the same thing in Moscow. It will be fun meeting the Russian fans and showing them for the first time what an F1 car can really do!"
"This event is a privilege for us," added Team Chairman Patrick Faure. "The Russian people are real car enthusiasts, and big Formula One fans. Moreover, an F1 car has never run on Russian soil. I am pleased that our team will be the first to take this important step, and even more so because Renault has strong historical links with Russia, on which the company will continue to build in the future."