The ING Renault F1 team is preparing a spectacular finale to its latest season of Roadshow events with a demonstration on the streets of Sao Paulo this weekend.
After Johannesburg, Rotterdam, Kiev, Lisbon and, most recently, New Delhi, the Enstone-based team will run Nelson Piquet Jr in front of his home crowd, as F1 returns to the city that, just three weeks ago, staged the thrilling finale to the 2008 grand prix season. Fernando Alonso took a podium finish at the Autodromo Carlos Pace at Interlagos, but his achievement was largely overshadowed by the last corner climax that saw Lewis Hamilton deny local favourite Felipe Massa the world title.
There will be no such distractions when Piquet takes to a specially-designed 1.1km track in Sao Paulo's Ibirapuera Park on Sunday, the route of which will see the recently-retained driver power his 2007-spec R27 down Pedro Alvares Cabral Avenue and in front of the Das Bandeiras monument.
"It's a great feeling for me to take part in this demonstration at home in Brazil," Piquet commented, "Formula One is a very popular sport in Brazil and my compatriots will have the opportunity to see and hear our car in this special event. I'm sure there will be an amazing atmosphere and I'm really looking forward to being there."
Renault will announce plans and destinations for what it hopes will be 'an even more ambitious' 2009 Roadshow programme in the coming weeks.