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Vettel samples Russia's new Sochi circuit 22 Apr 2013

Formula One Triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany becomes the first driver to sample the new  venue at Sochi Olympic Park on 22 April 2013 in Sochi, Russia. Here with, left to right, Andreas Sigl, Global Director Infiniti F1, David Coulthard, Infiniti Red Bull Racing ambassador, and Nikolay Buturlakin, Vice Governor Krasnodar Region An artist's impression of Russia's new track in Sochi

Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel made history on Monday by becoming the first Formula One driver to experience the new Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, which hopes to host a Russian round on the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar.

Vettel, fresh from his emphatic victory in Bahrain, was joined by former F1 driver David Coulthard in driving part of the track, which is still under construction, in an Infiniti road car. He then toured the venue with officials from the Russian Government and Formula Sochi, the organising body, before offering his thoughts in a press conference in the Olympic Ice Skating arena.

“It is a great privilege to be the first Formula One driver to visit the new Sochi venue,” said the German. “I can already see it will be a fun circuit to drive in a Formula One car and the rest of the venue is very impressive.”

Once complete, the 5.9-kilometre track, scene of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, will be longer than all but two circuits on the current F1 calendar - Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in Great Britain.

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