Jenson Button and Vitaly Petrov have paid a promotional visit to Russia, performing for a huge crowd on the streets of Moscow as part of a promotional event.

Highlights from Moscow’s street demonstration

With F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone on the verge of signing a deal for an inaugural Russian Grand Prix – rumoured to be at Sotchi, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics – the event was well-timed to coincide with the burgeoning Russian interest in F1.

With Petrov becoming the first Russian F1 driver, the interest could not be higher, and it is hoped his presence will continue to foster more sponsorship from the region as well.

Button thrilled the spectators with a demonstration in a 2008-spec McLaren, while Petrov piloted a Renault three-seater F1 car.

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