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09/12/07
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F1 to trump Champ Car in Mexico City
The next installment of the ING Renault F1 Team Roadshow will see the team hit the streets of Mexico City for a spectacular F1 demonstration, and the team’s first in Latin America just weeks before Champ Car's season finale.

Following on from events in Warsaw, Johannesburg and Rotterdam earlier in 2007, the ING Renault F1 Team will let its cars loose in the streets of one of the biggest cities on the planet next month! The bustle of Mexico City will be brought to a halt as the city reverberates to the sounds of Formula 1 on 13 and 14 October, resplendent in the colors of the ING Renault F1 Team. Will Champ Car join the show like they did in Rotterdam, or does Champ Car not have enough pull in Mexico City to get streets closed?

Renault Mexico, ING Mexico and the Federal District Government hope to create a truly open and approachable motorsports festival… a vision that chimes perfectly with that of the ING Renault F1 Team.

A 1.4km stretch of the Paso de la Reforma will be closed for the event, giving a total lap length of 2.8 km. The event will give the passionate Mexican public the opportunity to celebrate their passion for Formula 1, which has not visited the country since the 15th and final Mexican Grand Prix was held in 1992. Indeed, who better than Renault to bring the sport back to the country, given that the final race was won from pole by Nigel Mansell in his Williams-Renault, on his way to the French company’s first ever world title.

In 2007, the team will be represented by Giancarlo Fisichella and Nelson Piquet Jr., who will be at the wheel of the title-winning R26 to put on an unforgettable show for what are expected to be large, enthusiastic crowds!

“I am delighted to be taking part in the Mexico City Roadshow,” commented Nelson Piquet Jr. “I have never been to Mexico before, and I think the atmosphere will be fantastic! I’m going to put on a great show for the Mexican people. It has been a while since they last saw what an F1 car can do, and I know they love motorsport over there. It should be a great weekend.”

Giancarlo Fisichella added: “I never got a chance to race in Mexico, so I’m looking forward to going there for the first time, and especially because we will be driving the car in one of the biggest cities in the world! The Roadshow events are always a great success, and it is a fantastic way to meet the public and our supporters. My last event was in South Africa, and they gave us a brilliant welcome. I’m looking forward to tasting the atmosphere in Mexico!” Renault F1

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