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A Russian Grand Prix looks likely for 2014 // Bernie and Vladimir agree in Russia, whilst Virgin Racing prepare for 2010

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Today is the 15th October 2010, and this is F1Minute.

Bernie Ecclestone has been globe-trotting again, and has met up with the prime minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to discuss a potential Grand Prix in the country. Reuters reports that Putin said: “We have reached an agreement with the principal owner of Formula 1 that Sochi would host the Russian Grand Prix from 2014 to 2020.” That is some forward thinking, right there.

Elsewhere, Virgin Racing have explained why Nick Wirth isn’t attending these final few flyaway races, as he is working hard on next year’s car - the VR-02. CEO of the team Graham Lowdon says: “I think what you’ll see from our team is, because it’s not expensive to do, every time we see an upgrade through the CFD programme we will make the bits. That said, there are less guys working on running stuff on the current configurations and there is more work being done on the 2011 car. There is a lot more resource there than there was a year ago.” They also have a lot more time than they did last year.