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Button takes to the streets of Manchester for demo run 30 Aug 2011

© McLaren McLaren’s Jenson Button, Manchester demonstration run, August 29, 2011 McLaren’s Jenson Button, Manchester demonstration run, August 29, 2011 Michael Vaughan, Beth Tweddle, Amir Khan and Jenson Button, McLaren's Manchester demonstration run, August 29, 2011

Fresh from his podium finish in Belgium at the weekend, McLaren's Jenson Button journeyed to Manchester on Monday to give locals a thrilling taste of Formula One power. The demonstration run was part of a three-day event organised by the team’s title sponsor Vodafone.

Despite damp conditions, thousands of spectators turned out to line Deansgate, one of the UK city’s busiest thoroughfares, to watch the Briton in action. And after the bustle of Deansgate, the temporary track turned down John Dalton Street and into Albert Square, where a kart track, an F1 simulator and an exhibition of race suits and helmets were based for visitors to enjoy.

“(It’s been a) great day in Manchester,” said Button on his official Twitter site. “I still can't believe how many people came to watch! Amazing crowd!! Hope you all enjoyed the show.”

As well as putting an F1 car through its paces, Button also found time to sign autographs, answer questions from the crowd and meet up with England cricketer Michael Vaughan, boxer Amir Khan and gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle. He even gave one lucky enthusiast a ride in the British team’s new MP4-12C road car.

Button will be back in action in more typical surroundings next week at the Italian event, which takes places at Monza from September 9-11.

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