Sebastian Vettel gets a taste of Russia’s Sochi International Street Circuit (w/VIDEO)

Sunday’s Bahrain GP winner, Sebastian Vettel, traded the sunny Middle East climate for a muddy building site in Russia as he became the first Formula One driver to experience the Sochi Olympic Park Circuit.

He was joined by ex-F1 driver David Coulthard in an Infiniti FX Vettel Edition as they toured part of the track, before swapping the SUV for a pair of M37 saloons and hooning around the site.

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The Sochi Olympic Park Circuit is 3.7 miles in length (5,854 km), contains 18 turns and will enable F1 cars to reach 199mph (320km/h) along its main straight. It is the third longest circuit on the Formula One calendar behind Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in Britain.

Russia’s inaugural Formula One race is scheduled for 2014, after the Winter Olympics in February of that year.

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Commenting on his experience, Vettel said: “It is a great privilege to be the first Formula One driver to visit the new Sochi venue.”

“After trying a section of the track in the FX Vettel Edition, I can already see it will be a fun circuit to drive in a Formula One car and the rest of the venue is very impressive. I’m really looking forward to coming back here for the Grand Prix next year.”