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Berger to drive historic McLaren in Hungary 27 Jul 2007

Gerhard Berger (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Part Owner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Magny-Cours, France, Saturday, 30 June 2007 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007

Toro Rosso co-owner and former Grand Prix star Gerhard Berger will return to the cockpit of a Formula One car next week when he drives an historic McLaren as part of Red Bull’s Hungarian Grand Prix build-up.

The company is staging a ‘Bulls versus Lions’ spectacular near Budapest's famous chain bridge, which is decorated with the aforementioned lions. The bulls will be represented by Berger, Toro Rosso driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull’s Mark Webber and other sports stars and their vehicles, including this year's Dakar Rally motorcycle winner, Cyril Despres.

Last year's event brought the city to a standstill and an even bigger crowd is expected next Thursday to watch the various motorsport stars put on a show around the Roosevelt Square. For Berger and other drivers of his generation, the highlight of a day at the Hungaroring would often be the drive to and from the race track, especially the famous (but illegal) ‘racing line’ across Heroes Square. This time, he can expect the local police to turn a blind eye for once.

The McLaren Berger will be driving is not a model that he is familiar with, as the MP4C was actually raced by his fellow countryman, Niki Lauda and John Watson back in 1983 - Berger’s stint at McLaren spanned from 1990 to ’92.

Adding to the spectacle will be two aerobatic pilots from the Red Bull Air Race squad performing overhead. The event starts at 1100 hours local time, but roads in the area will be closed off from 0930, so spectators are advised to arrive early.