The Russian PM Vladimir Putin seems to be looking to become the fastest politician in the world. His need for speed was fulfilled in St. Petersburg, where he took to the track on four wheels. He reached speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) in a Formula One car, after a full safety rundown from trained professionals. This sudden interest in racing comes after Russia's successful bid to hold an F1 event after the Sochi Olympics in 2014. A deal for a Russia's first Grand Prix in Sochi was signed three weeks ago.
Vladimir Putin takes a spin in a Formula One car
MOSCOW (AFP) – In a helmet emblazoned with the emblem of Russia and reaching a speed of 240 kilometres (150 miles) an hour, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Sunday burned rubber on a racing circuit in a Formula One car. The high-speed session -- unthinkable for almost any other world leader -- was the latest in a series of widely publicised hardman outings for Putin as he seeks to cement his image as the Russian strongman ahead of 2012 elections.