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Jenson Button endorses Moscow Grand Prix

ESPNF1 Staff
July 19, 2010 « Stefano Domenicali not giving up on title | »
Jenson Button shows off his skills in front of the Kremlin © Bavaria Moscow City Racing

Jenson Button says he thinks it would be a good idea for Formula One to host a Russian Grand Prix after the McLaren driver gained the feel of driving round the Kremlin for a promotional event on Sunday.

For a third year in a row, Bavaria Moscow City Racing [BMCR] organised the show in the centre of Moscow to introduce Russians to the sport.

"This is not a day of work, it's a day of enjoyment," said Button after performing a few laps around the Kremlin walls.

"I've always wanted to visit Moscow. I haven't seen much of the city as we only arrived two days ago. It would be a good idea [to have a Grand Prix here] as I definitely want to come back."

Moscow officials said they are close to securing a deal to host a race in the capital city after negotiations with commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone gathered pace.

"A city like Moscow deserves its own grand prix," said Derk Sauer, an official with Bavaria City Racing. "The contracts have not been signed yet, but a major step has been taken."

Ecclestone himself said only last week that having a race in Russia was his priority. Moscow official Vladimir Makarov said Hermann Tilke will devise an ultra-fast street circuit with the Kremlin in the background.

"It would be just like Monaco, a race around the city centre with the Kremlin in the background," added Sauer.