Jenson Button drives F1 car on Deansgate Manchester

Jenson Button
Image caption Button greeted fans who lined Deansgate to watch him reach 70mph

Former world motor racing champion Jenson Button has driven a racing car through central Manchester in front of tens of thousands of onlookers.

The 2009 world champion drove a McLaren Mercedes F1 car at 70mph down Deansgate, which was closed off.

His appearance was part of the three-day Vodafone VIP Live event for motor racing enthusiasts in the city.

Other attractions included a fan zone in Albert Square with go-karting, a racing simulator and a pit garage.

'Unforgettable weekend'

Ahead of the display, Mr Button said: "Driving an F1 car through Manchester is going to be a unique experience for me."

Mr Button was presented with an I Love MCR T-shirt by Manchester City Council member for culture and leisure, Mike Amesbury.

Councillor Amesbury said: "This was an event which will live long in the memory and I was delighted to hear Jenson Button tell the crowds that he loves Manchester because Manchester certainly loved him.

"The cheers were almost as deafening as the roar of the F1 engine and there was a palpable sense of excitement among the tens of thousands who had lined the streets to watch.

"Along with Pride, this has been another unforgettable weekend showing Manchester doing what it does best - enjoying itself."

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