Vladimir Putin said six words in English after driving a Formula 1 car at almost 150 miles per hour.
The Russian president took to the wheel of the vehicle after signing a deal to bring the sport to his country in 2010, a move which has today been reversed with the termination of their Grand Prix contract.
This is the latest blow by several sports organizations at Putin after he launched the invasion of Ukraine last week.
He’s front and center in the world right now, but he was carefree when he tested a Renault F1 car over a decade ago.
Putin had the chance to race on a St. Petersburg track in the French manufacturers’ 2006 car.
It was the year they won both championships, with Fernando Alonso winning his second consecutive driver’s crown.
After being guided by Renault engineers, Putin took part in a televised test drive and brushed the 150 mph (240 km/h) mark.
When told his top speed, he smiled and said, “For the first time, that’s good.”
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Just a month before Putin signed the deal with then-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, which saw the debut of the Russian GP on the 2014 calendar.
His seven years in F1 were entirely dominated by Mercedes, who remarkably won all seven races.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton took the win in five.
His former teammate and current Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas took the other two victories in 2017 and 2020.
F1 had already canceled the Russian GP from the 2022 calendar following the country’s invasion of its neighboring country.
They have since confirmed that they will not race in Russia in the future.
A contract was in place until 2025 and was to see a change of venue to St Petersburg from next year, but that will no longer happen.