Sergey Sirotkin got his first run in an F1 car at the Sochi International Street Circuit in Russia on Friday.

The 17-year-old blasted the Sauber C31 - the team's 2012 F1 car - along the 700 metres of tarmac that have been finished at the track, which will host the inaugural Russian Grand Prix next October.

The event was part of the 12th International Investment Forum.

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"These were my first metres in an F1 car, which obviously is something very special, even though it was only a short part of the Sochi track," said the youngster.

"Nevertheless I was able to gain a first impression, and this was awesome. It was fun to drive in front of such a big crowd, particularly because most of them were compatriots. Russia can be proud of this great track."

"We are proud to be part of this historic event - a Russian driver drives an F1 car for the first time at the track in Sochi," added Sauber team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn.

"The show run marks an important milestone in the lead up to the inaugural Russian F1 Grand Prix, which our team is looking forward to."