Kapirulin: Russia will have a top-class track
Mikhail Kapirulin, the head of the company that is building the Formula One race track in Sochi, is confident that once completed it will be a "top-class" venue.
Russia is expected to join the Formula One calendar in 2014 when the under-construction Olympic Park Circuit in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi plays host to the event.
The 5.9-kilometre track, designed by Hermann Tilke, is being built around the Sochi Olympic Park, which will host the 2014 Winter Games.
"We solved all the problems in projecting the track," said Kapirulin.
"We're building the track in tight co-operation with our colleagues, who are building Olympic venues in Sochi.
"It makes us confident that we will build a top-class racing track in Sochi.
"It will be a great track!"
Meanwhile, Charles Pic, who was in action at this past weekend's Moscow Racing show with his Marussia team, says he relished his first visit to Russia.
"It has been a real experience to come to Russia for the first time and take part in the Moscow City Racing event," said the F1 rookie.
"For me, having never been to Russia before, this trip was a little overdue given that I drive for an Anglo-Russian team, but it was well worth the wait.
"The fans have been quite incredible and it's a chance for me to let loose a little and give the demo car a hard time!
"I certainly won't be driving my own car like that next weekend in Germany.
"My thanks to everyone who has made this such a special trip for me and the guys on the team. Moscow is a very cool city."