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Published by Christine Blachford

F1 rocks up in London for last minute pre-Silverstone roadshowCredit: Mason/Getty Images

It’s not a sight you see very often, but on the Wednesday before the British Grand Prix, nineteen drivers turned up for an event in London, with several cars participating in a street demo around the iconic Trafalgar Square. There was a stage, where musical performances took place, interviews with drivers occurred, and Valtteri Bottas sprayed the crowd with champagne.

Almost all of the drivers were on hand to drive their cars, walk through the streets and shake hands with the crowd, or appear on stage. Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button also made an appearance. It was live-streamed online and on TV, and, whilst not perfect, it generally did a great job to get everyone excited for the weekend ahead.

Lewis Hamilton was the missing driver from the line-up, preferring to take a break from what he calls an intense season so far, but championship rival Sebastian Vettel said it was “really, really special… It’s great fun going so close to the people and you can see them cheering and waving.”

 

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