Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin tested his mettle by driving a Formula 1 racing
car at the speed of 240 km/ph near his hometown St Petersburg.
The Russian strongman, who has flown several types of
fighter jets, a long range bomber and a fire fighting aircraft
in co-pilot`s seat and spent a night in a submerged nuclear
submarine was shown by the TV channels getting into a yellow
racing car in pilot`s cockpit.
The premier put on a helmet with Russia`s national
emblem inscribed on it and yellow special fireproof protective
Before speeding off at the recently built track Putin
had received detailed instructions on how to drive the racing
Three racing cars - including one for the Formula 1
Grand Prix sporting logos of Renault and Lada, were put on
show in St Petersburg as part of the presentation of the
Last time Putin made history by driving a Russian
yellow colour Lada Kalina sport car of the size of Maruti Zen
in September along the newly built 2500 km Chita-Khabarovsk
Highway in the Russian Far East.