Britain’s 2008 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said Sunday he is dreaming of participating once in the night race on the streets of Russia’s capital Moscow.
“I like street races very much,” Hamilton told a news conference during the fifth annual Moscow Street Racing weekend. “It’s terrific to see the city’s architecture and people during the race, it’s just an unforgettable feeling.”
“It would be great to race in the night in Moscow like we did in Singapore. Many Formula One pilots like that race most of all.”
Charles Pic, the French driver of the Russian Formula One team Marussia, said he was happy to take part in the event adding it was really important for him personally and his team to race in front of the Russian Formula One lovers.
“It’s my first ever visit to Moscow and I really love everything here,” Pic said. “I’m the pilot of the first Russian Formula One team and I believe it’s very important for all of us to come closer to our Russian supporters.”
“I think that it’ll be really great if Russian engineers will work in our team at the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014.”
Meanwhile, Mikhail Kapirulin, the head of the company which is building the Formula One race track in Sochi, said the construction works were going according to plan.
“We solved all the problems in projecting the track,” he said.
“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!“ he added.
This year three Formula One teams -- McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari and Marussia -- are participating in the exhibition races under the ancient walls of Moscow’s Kremlin.