McLaren's Jenson Button has said he is 'excited' ahead of his trip to Hungary next week, where he will run through the streets of Budapest in his F1 car.
Button's demo will take place on Tuesday, May 1 – the same day as testing kicks off at Mugello in Italy – and will bring the curtain down on a weekend of entertainment laid on by Vodafone Hungary to 'celebrate the modernisation of its network'.
“Improvement – the desire to do better – is the common theme running through all the activities in the Raise Your Game weekend, with a variety of competitions in which the winners will get to meet Jenson in person,” read a statement on the official McLaren website.
A children's folk dancing group from Debrecen will perform for Button at the opening ceremony of the Vodafone Downtown Grand Prix before he makes his first run on the 1.6km street course, along Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and Alkotmány utca. The newly surfaced roads, which pass near iconic Budapest locations such as the chain bridge and Parliament building, will enable the F1 2009 World Champion to demonstrate the performance of his McLaren car in an urban environment.
Button will do three-runs, before then meeting up with the media and fielding questions from the public. He will also meet the Hungarian Olympic water polo team – and try out the Vodapolo smartphone app – before hooking up with the nine Raise Your Game winners.
“I'm very excited to take part in this special event and speed through Budapest city centre as fast as Vodafone Hungary's brand new network,” he said. “Trying to throw a goal with the help of the Vodapolo application with the Hungarian National Waterpolo team members will also be interesting.
“It seems that, like the other visitors to the Raise Your Game Weekend, I'll also be trying something new.”