National obsession Robert Kubica may not have been present, but Warsaw turned out in force to welcome Formula One to Poland as the ING Renault team kicked off its 2007 'roadshow' programme.

In place of Kubica - who was passed over by Renault after winning the 2005 World Series title and quickly snapped up by BMW - the crowds cheered another WS champion, Heikki Kovalainen, who produced a spectacular demonstration of the R26 car in front of some 80,000 spectators.

Using a 2.6km circuit that ran behind the library of Warsaw University and crossed the Vistula river via the Swietokryski Bridge, the Finn again displayed his mastery of donuts at the wheel of an F1 car between runs in which he was able to demonstrate the true power of an F1 car by exceeding 240kph.

"I am really pleased to have been able to come to Warsaw for this," Kovalainen commented, "At Renault, we are always trying to get people to see Formula One in a new way, and to get them behind the scenes, and the Roadshow is a brilliant way of doing it. I really enjoyed myself today, and people were very friendly - I hope they had as much fun watching the show as I did behind the wheel!"

 

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