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Button enjoys Manchester F1 demo

Jenson Button: I think Vodafone VIP has done a brilliant job to make this happen – it can't have been easy – but to see the looks on people's faces when I opened up the throttle, was a fantastic moment.

Jenson Button had a 'lot of fun' driving his McLaren F1 car through the streets of Manchester yesterday.

Button, who came back to the UK straight from taking a podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium the day before, demoed the car right in the heart of Manchester city centre, driving down Deansgate, before turning down John Dalton Street and into Albert Square.

The event was organised by Vodafone, McLaren's title sponsor, and also saw the F1 2009 World Champion treat two lucky Vodafone customers to a thrilling drive in a McLaren MP4-12C sports car, before ending the day with an on-stage, public Q&A appearance.

“I think Vodafone VIP has done a brilliant job to make this happen – it can't have been easy – but to see the looks on people's faces when I opened up the throttle, was a fantastic moment,” Button said.

“It is all about giving something back to the fans and just unleashing the awesome power of a F1 car. It was a lot of fun.”

Button's run marked the third and final day of the Vodafone VIP Live event in Manchester, which also incorporated a Fanzone containing a bespoke Go Kart Track, and a number of interactive F1 experiences, such as a pit stop challenge and an F1 simulator.

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McLaren`s Jenson Button in Manchester for the Vodafone VIP event
McLaren’s Jenson Button in Manchester for the Vodafone VIP event
Jenson Button drives through the streets of Manchester in his McLaren F1 car as part of the Vodafone VIP event
Jenson Button drives through the streets of Manchester in his McLaren F1 car as part of the Vodafone VIP event

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CharlieB - Unregistered

August 30, 2011 8:08 PM

Judging by the massive crowds waiting for hours in the rain, Manchester enjoyed it too. It was the talk of the office today. I live 10 minutes from Deansgate and managed to wangle my way into the area in front of the Vodafone VIP grandstand (cheers stewards!) right where he gave it some donuts, special stuff. His commentator let him down though, not knowing what car he was driving at any point, and at one stage asking London to "make some noise"...



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