The Black Sea resort of Sochi in Russia will join the F1 circus later this year and who better to take the very first flying lap around the brand new Sochi Autodrom than four-time world champion Sebastien Vettel.
Designed by famed Formula One architect, Hermann Tilke, the circuit features 18 corners and covers a total distance of 5.8 kilometres.
Although he was not driving an F1 car but an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid the German Red Bull driver was excited by the venue after putting it to the test.
He said: “I think it is a very interesting track here in Sochi. Obviously, I’ve been here roughly a year ago when it was in the middle of construction, and now it’s finished and you have, you know, it’s great to see that you have the stadiums around. I think that the circuit is very technical, but it also seems very quick.”
It will be the first time Russia has hosted a Formula One Grand Prix.
The race will be held on October the 12th and will be round 16 of the 19-stop World championship.