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Massa thrills Polish fans with Warsaw demo run 20 May 2013

Felipe Massa demonstrates a 2009 Ferrari F60 during a Shell promotional event in Warsaw, Poland, May 18, 2013 Felipe Massa demonstrates a 2009 Ferrari F60 during a Shell promotional event in Warsaw, Poland, May 18, 2013 Felipe Massa demonstrates a 2009 Ferrari F60 during a Shell promotional event in Warsaw, Poland, May 18, 2013

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa brought the Polish capital of Warsaw to a standstill on Saturday as he drove a Formula One car through the city streets as part of a promotional event for team sponsor Shell.

Over 30,000 fans turned out to witness Massa demonstrate the power and performance of a 2009 Ferrari F60 around a specially-designed street circuit.

The Brazilian driver treated the crowd to 20 laps of the unique track that included two chicanes and two hairpin corners. Massa and the Italian team also showed off the breath-taking speed and accuracy of an F1 pit stop as they changed all four tyres on the car several times.

“It’s incredible to be here in Warsaw for the first time and to be able to show local fans the magic of Formula One,” said Massa. "It’s been really good fun. There aren’t many street circuits on the Formula One calendar but we go to Monaco next week so it’s great that Shell has been able to create some of that special feeling here ahead of the race.”

Massa will resume his on-track F1 activities with Thursday’s opening practice for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2013 in Monte Carlo.

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