A Formula One weekend for Moscow 13 Jul 2012
Russian F1 fans are in for a treat this weekend as several teams head to the country to take part in two separate events. Marussia, Ferrari and McLaren will be at the annual Moscow City Racing spectacular in the city centre, while Caterham and Red Bull are due in action at the nearby Moscow Raceway.
The Russian-owned Marussia team, who last year demonstrated a car in Sochi, the location for a proposed Grand Prix in 2014, will be bringing race driver Charles Pic. As well as getting behind the wheel, Pic will participate in a range of promotional activities, taking time out to mingle with fans for autograph sessions and photo opportunities.
Im really excited to be heading to Russia for the first time; it should be quite an experience, said Pic. The team have told me what a fantastic reception they had from the Russian fans in Sochi last year and it sounds like awesome fun to drive the car through the streets of Moscow.
It is quite a busy programme of driving the car and promotional activities, but with some time to explore fascinating places like The Kremlin. As one of the drivers of the only Anglo-Russian F1 team, I cant wait to meet the fans and give them a taste of Formula One before the team races at what will be its new home Grand Prix in 2014.
Moscow City Racing, which takes place on July 14-15, is now in its fifth year and gives fans the exhilarating experience of seeing - and hearing - a Formula One car at close quarters, as well as the chance to see for themselves the intricacies of F1 design and engineering and to check out race machinery from a variety of other motorsport series.
Meanwhile, at the new Moscow Raceway in Volokolamsk, Russias own F1 star Vitaly Petrov will be demonstrating his Caterham at the World Series by Renault meeting, also on July 14-15, as well as taking competition winners for hot laps of the recently-completed track in a Renault Megane RS.
"I get a lot of positive emotions every time I visit Russia, and much more so at events where there are fans, Petrov told Caterhams website. I think this is really important as not many of them can visit a Grand Prix and television pictures do not provide the complete atmosphere of Formula One.
Red Bull are also expected give their 2010-spec RB6 a track outing in Volokolamsk, as is routine at this years World Series by Renault meetings.
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