Melbourne parade a hit

Melbourne parade a hit
The promoters of the first ever F1 Street Parade in Melbourne have deemed the event a success, claiming 150,000 fans lined the streets to get a glimpse of some of their racing heroes.

Three Formula 1 cars, two V8 Supercars and Mark Webber were on show, the latter in the back of a BMW rather than driving one. The Australian later said: "It was fantastic to see everyone out there enjoying Formula 1 so close up, really smelling it and feeling it."

Antonio Pizzonia was given the chance to drive the Williams this time, after Webber had a run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sunday. "My job here is to have fun," said the Brazilian. "It was nice seeing the nature and Melbourne 's buildings while driving - it was quite special."

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart took one of his cars, specially decorated with Melbourne logos, out himself before giving driver Christijan Albers a run. Local heroes Marcos Ambrose and Mark Skaife also had a run in their V8 Supercars ahead of their support race this weekend.
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