The Renault F1 team's latest Roadshow engagement took the programme to the Ukraine over the weekend, with Romain Grosjean and Sakon Yamamoto hitting the streets of Kiev for the sixth display of the season.
After the Technocentre in Paris in June and Johannesburg in July, the ING-backed travelling circus followed In the wheeltracks of midfield rival Williams and ventured to a part of the former Soviet Union, giving a special demonstration on the streets of the capital, with test drivers Yamamoto and Grosjean were both on hand to entertain the fans with a first demonstration of an F1 car in the city.
Despite the rain that blighted both the Belgian and Italian GPs following the team to the Ukraine, the two drivers' donuts and burnouts delighted some 60,000 spectators who turned out on Sunday.
“I am very happy to have taken part in this demonstration," Yamamoto commented, after getting out of the cockpit of the R27, "It's an amazing feeling to drive in the town, so close to the public. I've really enjoyed being here in Kiev.”
Grosjean, fresh from clinching third overall in his maiden GP2 Series campaign, closed the demonstration before echoing his team-mate's sentiments.
“This has been an unbelievable day and I hope that the public enjoyed this demonstration as much as I did," he noted, "Driving an F1 car in the town is completely different to driving on a circuit, but it creates such an atmosphere with the crowd, which makes it so special.”
The race department of the Renault team is currently en route
to an altogether different street venue, ahead of this weekend's inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, which will take place under lights - a first for F1.