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F1 hits the streets of Moscow

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14/07/2008

Formula One entered new territory on Sunday when Williams and Red Bull took part in a demonstration run around the streets of Moscow.

Billed as "Moscow City Racing," the event was the first of its kind to be hosted in Russia and was the country's first major international sporting event since it staged the Olympic Games in 1980. Together with Red Bull Racing, Williams was the headline act of a day filled with a diverse mix of high octane motorsport demonstrations all set against Moscow's dramatic city backdrop.

In the 2007 Williams-Toyota FW29, Nico Rosberg carried out two, three lap tours of the 4.6km track. The temporary street route saw Nico start his lap next to Red Square, run past the Kremlin, around the Kremlyovskaya and Moskvoretskaya embankments of the Moscow River and finish at the Bolshoi Theatre Square. In front of a capacity audience which lined the whole route, Nico wowed the crowd with roaring engines and screeching tyres while also closing the show with some spectacular doughnuts and burn outs.

After the event, Nico Rosberg commented, "I'm in the privileged position to be a part of many big events, but this really rates as one of the most amazing. What a city, and driving around the Kremlin and through Red Square was just awesome. To take Formula One out of its natural environment and show what we do to a completely new audience is great and this experience is certainly one I'll never forget. The attention we received from the media and the spectators was just incredible, massive! People really are fascinated by Formula One here. I'm convinced this was a really big boost for the sport, and for our team in particular, in Russia."

Frank Williams, Team Principal of the Williams team who was in Moscow for the demonstration, said, "Moscow is a truly surprising and interesting city. The street event hopefully is a warm-up to an eventual Grand Prix in, or near, the city. There appears to be an enormous enthusiasm for such a possibility."

Local racer, Michael Aleshin, a race winner in the World Series by Renault who has also contested rounds of the GP2 series and A1GP, drove the Red Bull.

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