JULY 8, 2008
Another idea for St Petersburg
There has been talk of a Grand Prix in St Petersburg for some time, but thus far no deal has yet been agreed. It is thus interesting to hear that Valentina Matviyenko, the governor of St Petersburg, has told the Ekho Moskvy radio station that St Petersburg will bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics. She also said that if the city did not win the 2020 bid then it would bid again for 2024.
The plans are to gain the support of the Russian President and the government. The city of Sochi has already secured the right to host the Winter Games in 2014.
Whether this will leave any money available for a Formula 1 race remains to be seen.
F1 in Russia will be in the news later this week when there will be an F1 street parade in Moscow.