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Sauber bring Formula One to Shanghai streets 19 Jul 2004

Felipe Massa (BRA), Sauber Petronas C23. Sauber Petronas F1 Team Demonstration, Pudong Street Circuit, Shanghai, China. 18 July 2004. World © Marco Miltenburg/Sutton

Sauber’s Felipe Massa and Neel Jani reached speeds of up to 270 kph (170 mph) on the streets of Shanghai on Sunday when they took part in a Formula One demonstration in the build up to China’s inaugural Grand Prix on September 26.

Massa and Jani thrilled Chinese fans as they powered their way round the specially-created 2.8 kilometre (1.7 mile) road course in the city’s Pudong district at the wheel of last year’s Sauber C22 as part of the Shanghai International Race festival, sponsored by Sauber engine suppliers Petronas.

"I'm very proud to show to the enthusiastic citizens of Shanghai and China what Formula One is all about," said Massa after his demonstration runs. "Honestly, I really enjoyed the opportunity to give the people a feeling of the passion, speed and sound that are such key elements of our sport. Formula One has a massive following and this year China will become a member of the family as it hosts the 16th round of the 18-race FIA Formula One World Championship."

Test driver Jani added: "I really enjoyed my chance to visit the Shanghai International Circuit and I'm very impressed by this huge and ultra-modern facility. The race will certainly be a big challenge. Those attending the event in September will experience the thrilling atmosphere of the FIA Formula One World Championship at close quarters."

Sauber head to this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim lying sixth in the constructors’ standings on 18 points.