Mark Webber is to warm up for his home race, the season opening Australian Grand Prix on March 27, by crossing Melbourne's iconic Bolte Bridge in his Red Bull Racing F1 car.

The 'Red Bull Run', as it is being billed, will take place at 9.45 am next Saturday, March 19, as a prelude to the first round in the F1 2011 championship. The event is a joint initiative between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Red Bull Australia and Red Bull Racing in conjunction with Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne, Vic Roads and Transurban.

All six lanes of the bridge will be closed for the demo with thousands of spectators expected to gather at Docklands' Waterfront City to view the live action via super-screen.

"We are the first race on the calendar and this will be the first opportunity for fans to welcome their hero home ahead of the 2011 F1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix," Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Westacott said.

"This unique event will truly mark the beginning of Webber's 2011 season and we wish him all the best for the year ahead."

Following his drive across Melbourne's Bolte Bridge, Webber will pilot his car down to Waterfront City to greet lucky fans and Australian F1 commentator Greg Rust.

The demo run is reminiscent of Webber's drive across Sydney Harbour Bridge back in 2005.