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Sebastian Vettel takes first laps around Sochi F1 track (VIDEO)

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.

  1. seabassfan - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Yep looks boring enough to be a Tilke track.

  2. bigcat14fan - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    That track kinda sucks

  3. wethog66 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Maybe Putin and friends can shell Ukraine from Sochi to livin things up?

  4. techmeister1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    It’s a disgrace to hold an F1 race in Russia after the Russian military provided weapons the Russian rebels used to shoot down an plane load of innocent people, killing all on board. I hope everyone in F1 decides to boycott this venue or any venue in Russia – but I know they won’t because of Russian sponsors. This just adds insult to death for all of the families and friends of those murdered by the Russian rebels.

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