Motorsport

Russia could have own F1 team - deputy PM

2018-10-01 08:34
Russian grand prix
Image: MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP

Russia's deputy prime minister thinks there could soon be a Russian Formula 1 team on the grid.

Next year, Daniil Kvyat could be joined on the grid not only by Sergey Sirotkin but another Russian driver Artem Markelov, while Nikita Mazepin is also knocking on the door.

Russian contingent

Russian deputy PM Dmitry Kozak says motor racing is gaining in popularity in Russia.

READ: Russian driver could replace Stroll

"I know there are many lovers of motor sports in Russia and also wealthy businessmen who are ready to invest in the creation of a Russian F1 team," he told Tass news agency.

The news agency said Kozak even met with these businessmen at Sochi to discuss the formation of a Russian team.

"The result of our meeting with automakers should be the creation of a Russian F1 car.

'Done within a decade'

"We talked about 2024, but I do not think that it can be done in that time. But I think it can be done within a decade," he added.

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone backed the development.

"It's great that the number of Russian drivers is increasing, but I hope there will be a Russian team. That would be even better," he said at Sochi.

Controversial Russian president Vladimir Putin will attend Sunday's Russian grand prix, the Kremlin announced.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.