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F1 Show Run draws 60,000 spectators in Mexico City

F1 Show Run draws 60,000 spectators in Mexico City

More than 60,000 racing fans gathered Saturday at Mexico City’s central square to watch top Formula 1 competitor’s pre-race Show Run.

The Show Run featured Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo and Spain’s Carlos Sainz, who displayed their driving skills and Red Bull F1 racing cars on a makeshift track built around the historic Constitution Plaza, at a much slower pace that didn’t exceed 200 kilometers per hour.

(Soundbite) Daniel Ricciardo, Australian Racer
“Yes, this gives the fans a taste. The Show Run is good for letting fans get up close to the car, smelling, (and) hearing the noise and everything. It’s part of the experience. So I am sure it is just getting more excited for the racers.”

The highlight of the Show Run at noon saw both racers zooming around the square with the city’s majestic Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and City Hall serving as backdrops.

(Soundbite) Daniel Ricciardo, Australian Racer
“I think for Mexico it’s great to have the Grand Prix back. You know it’s the largest city in the world (in North America). From what I understand, I think it is a massive potential for our sport. (I am) Very excited to bring it here and to get another part of the world behind our sport.”

The leading event of auto racing will return to Mexico’s capital from October 29 to November 1 at the Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome.

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