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BMW Sauber and Heidfeld take to the streets of South Korea 06 Oct 2008

Nick Heidfeld drives the BMW Sauber car in the Samsung-dong area of Seoul, South Korea, 4 October 2008. © Copyright BMW AG  Nick Heidfeld drives the BMW Sauber in the Samsung-dong area of Seoul, South Korea, 4 October 2008. © Copyright BMW AG

BMW Sauber marked a special debut in South Korea on Saturday when Nick Heidfeld became the first driver ever to clock up mileage in a Formula One car in South Korea's capital, Seoul.

Along a closed-off section in the Samsung-dong area of the city, Heidfeld was cheered by an estimated 20,000 spectators who had come to watch his demonstration drive. The German blasted up and down the half-kilometre strip five times.

"It was great fun, particularly as we're not allowed to do any donuts on the race tracks," he said. "And the spectators seemed to enjoy the show as well. I just love the sheer enthusiasm of the Asians. South Korea was unknown territory for me, but the delight of the fans, who were literally squealing, is just as evident here as in Japan, our next stop."

On Sunday, BMW Sauber put on another show in Gwang-ju. The city, which lies in the South Korean province of Jeollanam-do.