DECEMBER 5, 2007
F1 going to Moscow in 2008
The Rotterdam Racing BV organisation is to take F1 to the streets of Moscow in 2008 with plans for an event on July 13, the weekend between the British and German Grands Prix. The plan is to create a street circuit around the Kremlin. The plan came to fruition thanks to an approach by Rotterdam Racing BV to the Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende who agreed to talk directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin when the pair met early last month. Putin agreed that the event was a great idea and Rotterdam Racing BV, which started out with the hugely successful event on the streets of Rotterdam in 2005, will now push ahead and try to find a title sponsor for the event. Since the first Rotterdam event it has grown to attract around 500,000 people each year and a deal is in place for the event to be held for 10 more years.
The Rotterdam event will be held next year on August 17.