F1 takes a detour to Moscow

Formula 1 Teams endorse Moscow

18 July 2011

This weekend saw Formula 1 teams descend on the annual Moscow City Racing show, located around the walls of the Kremlin as part of promotional events ahead of the 2014 Grand Prix. Six teams took part, including McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus who ran an array of demonstrations whilst updating their fans with images and videos via Facebook and Twitter. The reason behind this event is to give fans the chance to see Formula 1 cars in action whilst awaiting the arrival of the Sochi Grand Prix which is due to take place in 2014. It's also a good opportunity for F1 to drum up excitement among the public, and even the torrential rain wasn't enough put off the fans! Team Lotus stole the show with test drivers Karun Chandhok and Luiz Razia reaching speeds upto 240kph whilst doing doughnuts and burn-outs on the streets in front of the Kremlin. Jenson Button, who also took part in the event said

I can hardly believe I had the possibility to drive Formula 1 car around the walls of the ancient Kremlin. I can see the number of fans here is rising from year to year. It's a very good sign that shows popularity of F1 in Russia is rising.

I can only imagine what it must be like to take part in such a great event, especially in a beautiful city that has astounding architecture and credit to the teams who have fully embraced this opportunity. The organisers did a fantastic job in laying out such an interesting course and a city like Mosco deserves it's own Grand Prix.