Russian GP, Russian driver and Russian optimism for 2014

The good news is that Marussia’s sacking of Timo Glock could be a way for Vitaly Petrov to stay in Formula One…or at least that’s the rumor. The timing is good as Sochi mayor, Anatoly Pakhomov, says that the Grand Prix of Russia will run in 2014.

After experiencing construction delays, the Mayor says that everything is on target and the project is being closely monitored. Reuters has the story:

“The circuit’s construction is being closely monitored by the regional government. Everything is going according to plan,” he said. “If we had any problems we would have asked for help from other regions.”

Marussia, a Russian-backed team, combined with Vitaly Petrov, a Russian-backed driver, for the first-ever Russian Grand Prix sounds like a typical script written by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone himself. Marussia’s struggles to remain financial solvent have been rumored for some time and releasing Glock, a paid driver, in favor of Petrov and the money he may bring, could be the move the team needed.

Garnering a higher profile ahead of the Russian Grand Prix and attracting Russian sponsors in order to help kick off the first race in Sochi in 2014 is scripted business but it does have a flair…especially when the regional government is “closely monitoring” the situation.  Yikes!


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