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Rubens rides the dunes in Abu Dhabi 04 Feb 2007

Honda's Rubens Barrichello and family, desert tour, Abu Dhabi F1 Festival, February 3, 2007. © Tamas Bethlen

As well as participating in the official part of Saturday’s F1 Festival in Abu Dhabi, some of the drivers also found time to discover a little more of the country. The most exciting excursion was undoubtedly an off-road desert safari, which required a driving style that left even those used to piloting a Formula One car slightly stunned - driving up what seemed like almost vertical sand dunes and then gliding back down the other side at mind-boggling angles.

After the drive there was a much-needed break to calm the nerves, complete with camel riding and an insight into the art of hunting with falcons. We followed Honda’s Rubens Barrichello as he enjoyed the tour. He even found time to amuse his two sons with a quick desert fox impression - climbing up some dunes and then sliding back down on his bottom!

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