1 Oct 2008

Williams boss say F1 future in Asia

7:08 am on 1 October 2008

The Williams motor racing team boss says the future of Formula One lies in Asia, not Europe.

Sir Frank Williams, who saw his driver Nico Rosberg finish second in the first-ever night race in Singapore, says with Asia's economic rise the importance of Europe and the United States is diminishing.

Williams says the future for F1 is absolutely in the Far East.

With Singapore now on the calendar, Asia and the Middle East have six Grand Prix races - Australia, Bahrain, China, Japan and Malaysia being the others.

Abu Dhabi will make its debut next year, with South Korea coming on board on 2010 and India 2011.

Williams says Singapore has a good chance of challenging Monaco for being the jewel in the crown of Formula One.