Bolte Bridge Mark Webber drove across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005
Mark Webber will cross Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge in the lead-up to this year’s Australian Grand Prix

Mark Webber will drive a Red Bull Racing show car across Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge as part of the warm-up activities for this year’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the city’s Herald Sun newspaper has announced.

The Australian’s demonstration run will occur on Saturday, 19 March, giving him exclusive access to one of the city’s busiest motorways.

The speed limit for everyday road users is between 80km/h and 100km/h, although it is not yet known if Webber will be given permission to travel along it at a higher speed.

The event is expected to attract many spectators at the route’s start and finish points, and it will end with the championship contender greeting fans and showing off his car at Melbourne’s popular Docklands area.

This certainly isn’t the first bridge run Webber has done, for in 2005 he was afforded the use of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a series of demonstration runs in his Williams, however he was limited to a top speed of 80km/h.

[Images via ABC and ESPN F1]

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