Red Bull have made a habit of being the first F1 team on the scene when a new F1 track is under construction.
They kept up their streak by getting Sebastian Vettel out to Sochi to explore the contours of its grand prix circuit which will hold the first Russian Grand Prix in 19 months’ time.
Fresh from his victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix Vettel took the opportunity to drive around the circuit, still in the early stages of being built, in a road car.
The street circuit, planned by ubiquitous F1 track designer Hermann Tilke, runs through the site of the complex which will host next year’s winter Olympics in February. After that the organizers will have nine months to prepare for F1’s planned arrival in November.
“By the looks of it, by the drawing, I think it could be a very interesting and challenging track,” said Vettel, adding there was “some fast corners and hopefully plenty of places to overtake”.
Formula One is the latest racing series to venture into Russia. Formula Renault 3.5 held its first race at the Moscow Raceway last year and the DTM (German Touring Car Championship) will also race there this year.
See footage of Vettel driving the Sochi track below:
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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