Nick Heidfeld became the first Formula 1 driver ever to clock up mileage in an F1 car in South Korea's capital, Seoul, on Saturday.

Along a closed-off section in the Samsung-dong area of the city, the German racing driver was cheered by an estimated 20,000 spectators who had come to watch his demo drive.

Heidfeld blasted up and down a half-kilometre strip five times, leaving behind lingering smoke clouds after each scorching U-turn.

"It was great fun, particularly as we're not allowed to do any donuts on the race tracks," said the man from M?nchengladbach. "And the spectators seemed to enjoy the show as well.

"I just love the sheer enthusiasm of the Asians. South Korea was unknown territory for me, but the delight of the fans, who were literally squealing, is just as evident here as in Japan, our next stop."

The BMW Sauber F1 Team will now put on another show in South Korea on Sunday, but in Gwang-ju, a province of Jeollanam-do, where there are plans to host a Formula One race in the future.

From there, Heidfeld will continue on to Japan for the Grand Prix to be held in Fuji on October 12.