Sebastian Vettel Drives Sochi Autodrom in a Q50August 26th, 2014
Built adjacent to the site of the Sochi Olympics, the Sochi Autodrom Grand Prix circuit had yet to be driven by a Formula One driver – until now. In this footage captured by Infiniti, F1 driver Sebastien Vettel puts a Q50 Hybrid to the test on the newly-built track.
The 3.637 mile-long track is the third-longest F1 circuit, putting it just behind Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone in the UK. While I’d much rather see the track from the perspective of an actual F1 race car, it’s still cool to get a look at a new track that has had so little wear and tear. It’s not exactly the most scenic or challenging looking track either, surrounded by drab concrete barriers, though it is kind of cool to see the Olympic sites and that amusement park in the distance.
Vettel clearly has a good line in the Q50, which is surprising given its sometimes slushy-feeling steer-by-wire system. Now I’d like to see him do it in something a bit more exciting.