Marussia F1 Team return to Russia for Moscow City Racing
Marussia Technical Centre, Banbury, UK
16 July 2013, 16.00 BST (GMT-1)/17.00 CET
Despite the three-week gap between Rounds 9 and 10 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship® the Marussia F1 Team has had little time to draw breath, embarking on a series of promotional events to reward the loyal support of its fans. This week, while the race team conduct the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, the demonstration team are heading ‘home’ to Russia for their second year of participation in ‘Moscow City Racing’.
The event takes place on 20 and 21 July, with the demonstration runs scheduled for Sunday 21 July on the streets surrounding the Kremlin and the ‘paddock’ located close to Red Square. At the wheel of the Marussia F1 Team demonstration car will be race driver Max Chilton, who has impressed in the early part of his debut F1 season with the Anglo-Russian team.
Moscow City Racing, now in its the sixth year, has well and truly captured the imagination of the burgeoning Russian motorsport fanbase. Just a year in advance of the country’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix, Max will whet the fans’ appetites with the exhilarating experience of seeing a Formula 1 car at close quarters in a demonstration run in front of the city’s major landmarks.
Visitors will also be given the opportunity to enter the inner-sanctum – the Paddock – to soak up the atmosphere and see for themselves the intricacies of Formula 1 design and engineering.
Aside from his on-track duties, Max will participate in a range of promotional activities, taking time out to mingle with the Russian fans during autograph sessions and photo opportunities.
Supporting the Marussia F1 Team over the weekend are main event partner Liga Stavok along with additional partners Instaforex, QNet and RBC.
Max Chilton #23
“There have been quite a few ‘firsts’ for me in my debut season in Formula One – new racetracks, new cities, meeting new fans – and Moscow City Racing will be my very first visit to Russia. I can’t wait. From what I hear from previous events, the demonstration runs are a fantastic spectacle and the crowd is huge and very supportive. That’s nice, because we are the only Anglo-Russian team and it is good to keep building on their love of Formula 1 before Russia gets its very own race next year in Sochi. I’m really excited about making the trip and I hope to meet as many of the Russian fans as possible, when I’m not driving through their streets!”
Andy Webb, CEO
“The Marussia F1 Team are very excited to be returning to Russia to participate in the Moscow City Racing event for a second successive year. As the only Anglo-Russian team in Formula One, this event has become a very important date in our Team calendar, as we continue our determined efforts to bring more of F1 to Russia and more of Russia to F1. This is our opportunity to get closer to the fans and for them to see our car and drivers right on their doorstep, not just on the TV. Our drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton are enjoying a flying start to their exciting debut seasons and the Marussia F1 Team really is going from strength to strength now, making good progress towards its long-term ambitions. We look forward to a fantastic crowd in Moscow and to expressing our thanks for all the incredible support we receive ‘back home’ in Russia. We have seen the strength of that support again in the last few days following the very pleasing announcement of our new powertrain partnership with Scuderia Ferrari. It seems the fans share our optimism for the future of the Marussia F1 Team.”