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Renault wow Korean crowds on streets of Seoul 04 Oct 2010

Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) and the Renault team. Renault F1 Roadshow, Seoul, Korea, 3 October 2010. Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) and the Renault team. Renault F1 Roadshow, Seoul, Korea, 3 October 2010. Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) and the Renault team. Renault F1 Roadshow, Seoul, Korea, 3 October 2010.

The residents of Seoul enjoyed a taste of Formula One action on Sunday as the Renault team took to the streets of the South Korean capital to stage a spectacular series of demonstrations.

Test driver Jerome D’Ambrosio drove last year’s Renault, the R29, on a specially constructed 0.5km circuit along Se Jong Road in central Seoul. A huge crowd lined the streets to watch the show and witness the unique sight and sound of a Formula One car up close.

Donuts and burnouts were the highlight of the day as D’Ambrosio lit up the rear wheels to demonstrate the immense power of a modern F1 machine. Later on, the team revved up the engine for a special V8 rendition of the South Korean national anthem.

“Today has been a lot of fun,” said D’Ambrosio. “It’s my first time here in Seoul, and my first time driving an F1 car on city streets. It’s always exciting to visit a new country, especially a place like South Korea, which is getting ready for its first Grand Prix.

“You could really feel the enthusiasm the public already have for Formula One and I’m sure it will be the same for the race. I did my best to put on a good show for the fans and I hope everybody enjoyed seeing the car.”

Sunday’s demonstrations marked the beginning of a landmark month of motorsport for the country, with the inaugural Korean Grand Prix set to take place in Yeongam in three weeks’ time on October 22-24.

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