Russian Formula 1 team 'not far off' - minister

<i> Image: AFP / Ekaterina Shtukina / Sputnik </i>
<i> Image: AFP / Ekaterina Shtukina / Sputnik </i>
Ekaterina Shtukina

A Russian government minister is still talking about the prospect of a Russian Formula 1 team.

At Sochi recently, Trade and Industry minister Denis Manturov said a Russian team is "not far off".  His comments came at the same time as F1 and the FIA played down the prospect of new teams joining for 2021.

But minister Manturov, who was appointed directly by Vladimir Putin, is still making noises about a Russian F1 team.

"I think first of all we should talk about the appearance of a Russian team," he told the state-owned Russia-24 television broadcaster on Friday.

"Then at the second or third stage we can talk about the car and our technological, production and development capabilities. The car is a high tech and very complex technological project," minister Manturov added.

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