September 20-21, 2008 the central street of Kyiv – Khreshchatyk again became the Formula 1 race track. For the first time such a remarkable event took place on June 16, 2001, when the West McLaren Mercedes team unveiled their show called the West Adrenalin Show in Kiev.
On October 18, 2003, for the first time in Russia, demonstration races of Formula 1 cars took place. This happened a week after the end of the 2003 Formula 1 season. The Mild Seven Renault F1 team, including riders Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso, have visited Moscow to publicly demonstrate the latest F1 technologies in the Russian capital.