Video: Vettel completes first laps of Sochi F1 circuit

Video: Vettel completes first laps of Sochi F1 circuit

Sebastian Vettel became the first Formula 1 driver to test the all-new Sochi circuit on Monday.

Vettel, driving an Infiniti road car in a promotional event, completed several laps of the circuit which will play host to the inaugural Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix this October.

The Herman Tilke designed circuit – based around the Sochi Olympic Park that played host to this year’s Winter Olympics – was signed off for its first ever F1 race by the FIA’s Charlie Whiting earlier this month.

“Having driven the full circuit for the first time… today, it’s an interesting layout with a good mix of high-speed corners and technical sections,” said Vettel.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge in a Formula 1 car and I’m really looking forward to coming back in October.”

Image courtesy of Sochi Autodrom

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.