Jenson Button has become the latest driver to give his support to the upcoming Russian Grand Prix, set to debut in 2014.
Russia will host the Winter Olympics at Sochi in 2014, with the new circuit being built as part of the complex for the event. The officials in Sochi have signed a seven year deal to host Formula One, and Button is pleased that the sport is heading to such an exciting new market.
“As a driver I’m really excited and looking forward to race at the new grand prix and in a new country as well,” Button told Sky Sports.
“There’s lot of interest in Formula One in Russia and a lot of passionate fans. It’s great for the fans to hear, to smell and to feel the Formula One cars’ speed. It’s nice to see that motor sports are receiving more and more recognition in Russia.”
Russia could also see its second full-time driver in the sport next season as 17-year-old Sergey Sirotkin could be set to drive for Sauber as part of their rescue deal, following in the footsteps of Vitaly Petrov, who debuted in 2010 for Renault.
The track at Sochi has already received approval from three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who visited the area earlier this year.
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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