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Russia is a country on the rise in global sports. The country is currently hosting the Winter Olympics and venues such as the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Alder Arena Skating Centre will become the backdrop to a street circuit in October, when Formula 1, GP2 and GP3 arrive at Sochi. The country will also host the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Russia’s association with Formula 1 has got off to stuttering start. A Russian businessman briefly owned Jordan, which was renamed as Midland to match his business interests. The team lasted less than a year before being sold to Dutch company Spyker. Russia does of course technically have a team competing in the sport courtesy of Marussia....
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