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2012-07-16 07:32

THRILLING RUSSIAN FANS: Lewis Hamilton speeds past St. Basil's Cathedral during the "Moscow City Racing" show on July 15, 2012 in central Moscow.

MOSCOW - Britain's 2008 Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton said on Sunday he dreamed of participating once in the night race on the streets of Russia's capital Moscow.

Hamilton told a news conference during the fifth annual Moscow Street Racing weekend: "I like street races very much. It's terrific to see the city's architecture and people during the race, it's just an unforgettable feeling. It would be great to race in the night in Moscow like we did in Singapore. Many F1 pilots like that race most of all."


Charles Pic, the French driver of Russian team Marussia, said he was happy to take part in the event adding it was really important for him personally and his team to race in front of the Russian F1 fans. "It's my first visit to Moscow and I really love everything here. I'm the driver of the first Russian F1 team and I believe it's very important for all of us to come closer to our Russian supporters.

"I think it'll be really great if Russian engineers work in our team at the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014."

Meanwhile, Mikhail Kapirulin, head of the company that is building the F1 track in Sochi, said construction was going according to plan.

"We solved all the problems in projecting the track," he said. "We're building it in tight co-operation with our colleagues who are building Olympic venues in Sochi. It makes us confident that we will build a top-class track - it will be a great track!"

Three F1 teams - McLaren, Ferrari and Marussia - are participating in the exhibition races under the ancient walls of Moscow's Kremlin.


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