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Renault gear up for Lyon spectacular 25 Aug 2004

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Practice Day, Imola, Italy, 23 April 2004

The Renault team will bring Formula One racing to the French city of Lyon on Sunday, September 5 when Fernando Alonso and Franck Montagny take to the streets in this year’s R24 machine. The demonstration will be the finale of a festival celebrating Renault’s motorsport heritage.

"We are all looking forward to putting on a special show in Lyon," said Alonso. "I love the roadshow events we have done with the team over the past two years, and I think it is a great idea: it is exciting for the drivers as well to be running on the streets, with people so close around.

“We are far away from our fans at the races, so this is a great opportunity for the public to experience the true sensations of an F1 car up close. I hope we can give them something to remember!"

A 1.3 kilometre (0.8 mile) street circuit will be closed off for the event in the centre of Lyon, France's second city, running from the historic Place Bellecour square, which will house the Formula One paddock for the day, across the Rhone river, and along its Eastern bank.

Other attractions in Place Bellecour will include displays of the six Renault-powered world championship-winning Formula One cars from 1992-1997, and a live, continuous Formula One pit-stop demonstration. For the afternoon, though, all eyes will turn to the city streets, when Alonso and Montagny will take turns at the wheel of the R24.

"We are delighted to be able to put on this show for the public," added Renault Formula One Team President Patrick Faure. "Lyon is an important city for Renault, and this is also a pre-cursor of things to come. The enthusiastic response from previous street events has shown us that Formula One needs to get closer to its public, a sentiment that is perfectly in line with Renault's values.

“The Renault Roadshow demonstration in Lyon will be followed by more events around the world in 2005, both at race-tracks and on city streets. We are committed to getting people as close as possible to our exciting sport."

Admission for the general public to the entire event will be free of charge.