Thursday, June 26, 2008

Williams backs F1 hopes

The Moscow City Racing event has been confirmed for Sunday, July 13, with Nico Rosberg to represent the team in the first display of F1 in the Russian capital as he will drive past the Kremlin, taking in the embankment of the Moskva river.

A thrilled Rosberg said: "This is just great. I know Williams race cars have demonstrated in some impressive locations over the years, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to downtown Buenos Aires, or in the centre of London. But for a spectacle, driving past the Kremlin will take some beating."

With supremo Bernie Ecclestone known to be keen on staging a grand prix in Russia, the exhibition will test the water.

Rosberg added: "There is clearly a massive appetite for Formula One in Russia, and it is great to be contributing to spreading the sport's popularity."

Team principal Frank Williams will join Rosberg on the trip, and he added: "It was with great pleasure we accepted the offer to take part in Moscow City Racing.

"This will be our first visit as a team to Russia, a country of great interest to us. Demonstrating our cars at such a global landmark is an extraordinary privilege.

"I personally will also be fascinated to make the journey to Moscow and see the reaction to Formula One at first hand."

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