Marussia have welcomed confirmation that Russia will be included on next year's calendar as the team finally gets a home race.
Last Friday, the World Motor Sport Council released the 2014 Formula One calendar with Russia scheduled for an October 5th debut.
And as the Russian-owned team on the grid, Marussia have welcomed the Sochi International Circuit's inclusion.
"Every time we return to Russia we are thrilled to see just how much the fans here are embracing Formula 1 ahead of next year's inaugural Grand Prix of Russia," said the team's CEO Andy Webb.
"The level of knowledge and interest is fantastic and this makes us especially proud to be the only Russian-owned team participating in the sport. We've visited Sochi and Moscow on several occasions now and this is our way of showing that Russia is truly at the heart of our team culture.
"We don't just want to carry the name, we want to fly the flag - at home here in Sochi and at around 20 other international Formula 1 destinations that we travel to every season."
One driver who has already had a taste of the Russian experience is Marussia's tester Rodolfo Gonzalez who recently took part in the Formula Sochi event, putting in a demonstration run on the streets of the Black Sea coastal city.
"I have enjoyed every second of my participation here in Sochi this weekend. Of course, we take part in many demonstration events and relish the opportunity to show the fans what a Formula 1 car can do, but this one feels extra special because we are bringing the team and our sport home to Russia," said Gonzalez.
"It is nice to see the venue of the Grand Prix of Russia ahead of time and I think the next 12 months for this city and the Russian people will be very exciting indeed. I can't wait to return very soon - maybe to try my hand at some Olympic sports in February!"
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