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Soon enough, China will have a Formula One driver. Or, alternatively, Formula One will have a Chinese driver. That's the belief of the sport's governing body president, Max Mosley. "This country has an enormous population," the Englishman said in Shanghai, "and it means the potential for someone to become a top driver is there."
Although car ownership is quite low among China's 1.3 billion citizens, the market is probably the fastest growing anywhere in the world, and is set to be enviable in a few years.
Mosley said: "When more people own cars, more people will drive, and they will start to think about competing. And when Chinese drivers find success on the international arena, the whole country will be behind them and that generates even bigger interest in the sport."
Formula One teams are already attempting to cash-in on the philosophy -- Ho-Pin Tung has tested a Williams, Chen Congfu a McLaren, and another - Jiang Tengyi - is in the sights of at least one F1 outfit. Tengyi, 19, was born in Shanghai, and competes in Italian Formula Renault.
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