Infiniti Sochi F1
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Four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel has become the first Formula 1 driver to sample the new Russian F1 circuit in Sochi, which has been the centre of much controversy over recent months – following tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

We've already seen the German driver – Infiniti's grandly titled 'Director of Performance' – take to the Belgian F1 track in an Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge and now he's given us a video tour of the 3.6 mile Sochi Autodrom, located in south west Russia.

This footage shows that the Autodrom features lots of tight right hand bends and a narrow course flanked by unforgiving concrete barriers – expect crashes to feature heavily when races begin in Sochi. The first race will take pace on October 12 and will consist of 53 laps around the challenging course.

Watch the video below to see the new circuit in all its glory: