Two days after salvaging a satisfactory result from the inaugural Turkish Grand prix in Istanbul, and several months after Jordan first appeared in Red Square, the Renault F1 team is due to touch down in Moscow for another instalment of its all-action city-centre demonstration tour.

Race regulars Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella will be at the wheel of one of last year's R24s as they tackle a demanding, twisting course that takes them past the capital's most famous sights - including the Kremlin, Moskvoretsky bridge and the riverside streets around the Rossia Concert Hall - to a 'chequered flag' alongside a flotilla of yachts and events on the Moskva river, designed to bring a flavour of Monaco to Moscow.

The event will mark Renault's second visit to the Russian capital after a successful demonstration run in October 2003, which was attended by 50,000 spectators. This time, Alonso and Fisichella will be accompanied by Renault rally ace Jean Ragnotti, who will provide further entertainment with high-performance runs in the new M?gane Renault Sport and Clio RS, while an aquabike display on the river will also keep spectators amused.

"I am really looking forward to the event," enthused world championship leader Alonso, "The passion of the crowds was amazing last time we came to Moscow, and I am sure this will be an even bigger event - it will be a great opportunity for them to see the speed of the car up close and hear the amazing noise.

"We will be driving in front of the Kremlin and, from the cockpit, I think it will feel a bit like Monaco to be running on a tight circuit on the banks of the river. I can't wait to get back to the city as well - last time we were there, it was in winter and I couldn't stop taking pictures, so I am sure it will be even more spectacular in the summer-time. I think it will be a great show!"

Team-mate Fisichella was equally enthusiastic, despite not having Alonso's experience of a previous visit to draw upon.

"This will be my first visit to Moscow, but I am really looking forward to seeing the city and driving the car there," the Italian admitted, "Everybody knows the Kremlin, so to say we have driven round it in a Formula One car will be something unique for me and Fernando."

As with other Renault F1 roadshow events - in Rome and Istanbul - this season, admission will be free for spectators, helping to bring F1 closer to the Russian public as the country continues to find ways of staging a grand prix.

 

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