Putin puts his foot down in F1 car
He reached speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour in a Formula One car, after a full safety rundown by trained professionals.
This sudden interest in racing comes after Russia's successful bid to hold a Formula One event following the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
A deal for a professional race in Sochi was signed three weeks ago, in what would be a first for Russia.
Putin joked afterwards that the small Formula One racer cramped his style and that he is more at home in his vintage Soviet car.