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Webber to take it to the bridge 17 Feb 2005

Mark Webber (AUS) Williams prepares to run the Williams FW27 for the first time. Williams FW27 First Test, Valencia, Spain, 30 January 2005. World © Sutton

Local star prepares to cross Sydney Harbour in style

Mark Webber is to drive a Williams Formula One car over the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the build-up to the Australian Grand Prix. The event will take place on Sunday February 27.

“It’s sure to be an incredible experience driving the Williams BMW F1 car across one of the world’s most famous and spectacular landmarks,” said Webber. “The Sydney Harbour Bridge is so instantly recognisable as Australia, so I can’t think of a better appetiser for the following weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

“For me it’s even more special as it’s my home country and I’m very proud that we are able to stage such a spectacle to promote Formula One, not just in Australia but around the world. A lot of people may come up to Sydney from my home town, Queanbeyan, so it will be great to be able to put on a good show for them and the rest of the fans before we get down to serious business in Melbourne.”

New South Wales Premier Bob Carr will flag off the event, dubbed ‘Webber’s Sydney Harbour Bridge Overdrive’. The bridge will be closed to the public, with organisers recommending Hickson Rd Reserve at The Rocks as the best viewing area, where live pictures will be shown on a superscreen.

At 503 metres long, 134 metres high and 49 metres wide, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest single-span arch bridge in the world. Opened in March 1932, it contains 52,800 tonnes of steel and includes six million rivets.

The Sydney event will be followed on Wednesday March 2 by a street parade involving Formula One cars in Melbourne, which this year celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix coming to Albert Park.