Aug 25, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT
Formula One’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix isn’t until October, but Sebastian Vettel got a look at the Sochi Autodrom circuit today as the first F1 driver to take laps there.
Driving an Infiniti road car, Vettel whipped through the 18-turn, Tilke-designed circuit that winds through Sochi Olympic Park.
For those that watched the Winter Olympic Games this past February on NBC, there are several familiar venues along the course such as the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Shayba Arena, and the Olympic cauldron site.
“It is great to be back in Sochi and the venue has been transformed since I was last here when it was really just a construction site,” Vettel said in a statement.
“Having driven the full circuit for the first time…It’s an interesting layout with a good mix of high speed corners and technical sections.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge in a Formula One car for sure and I’m really looking forward to coming back in October.”
You can check out Vettel’s run around the Sochi course in the clip above.
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