"It's reminiscent, in a way, of working with Bernie Ecclestone, whose departure was unfortunate. It's great to see a person with a real entrepreneurial spirit, a person who's single-handedly responsible for what happens in his racing series.
"Negotiations with him are not easy, but I'm certain that they're equally pleasurable for both sides and that they'll ultimately yield a result."
Sergey Vorobyev's words could be the basis of a manifesto for Formula 1's next leader. Whatever your opinion of Ecclestone, he got stuff done, and presently F1 is struggling to force through its planned changes to the same effect. In discussing the negotiations to possibly bring Formula E to St Petersburg, Vorobyev - the deputy general director of Russian Grand Prix promoter Rosgonki - has identified the man who could play a key role in changing that. The trouble is, he might not be that interested.