Russia prepares to host its very first Formula One race this weekend when the teams descend on Sochi for the 16th of 19 stops this season.
The Country’s inaugural F1 race will take place over 53 laps of the Black Sea resort’s Sochi Autodrom.
The arrival of motor sport’s biggest draw has created a wave of excitement amongst the country’s F1 fans.
One fan said: “We are watching Formula One every weekend on TV. We visited several races in different countries before. This is the first time in history Russia is holding a Formula One race so we decided to come here. How could we miss it?”
A taxi driver even joked: “Many here think that Adler (Sochi district) taxi drivers are not any worse (than Formula One racing drivers). Our cars are of a different level, otherwise we could have competed.”
The practice sessions begin Friday.
Qualification takes place on Saturday before Sunday’s main race – taxi drivers excluded of course.
The circuit is just under six km long and comprises of 19 corners.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton currently leads the standings and is hunting his fourth consecutive victory and ninth triumph this season.