Aussie drums up support for F1 bid

The word from Australia is that the banned international cricketer Shane Warne is to support the career of one of Australia's latest Formula 1 hopes Will Davison. Davison is currently racing in the British Formula 3 Championship but has big ambitions - and a great pedigree. Davison is the grandson of Lex Davison, who won four Australian Grand Prix victories in the the 1950s and 1960s. Warne, who was banned from cricket for a year for taking a dietic pill which contained a banned substance is helping Davison with an investment scheme which is similar to the one which has raised $2m for Justin Wilson. The scheme is also believed to have the support (at least verbal support) of Australian racing legend Peter Brock, Australian GP chairman Ron Walker and former F1 driver Jackie Stewart.

Davison went to Europe last year after winning the Australian Formula Ford series and moved into F3 this year and has already won one race. Davison hopes to talk his way to an F1 test drive later this year and then mount a serious challenge for the British F3 title in 2004.

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