Fans Excited With First F1 Show Runs In Tokyo

Fans excited with first F1 show runs in Tokyo

Thousands of race car fans flocked to the center of Tokyo on Saturday to see Formula One cars in action ahead of the beginning of this year's F1 World Championship.

The event took place during a visit by the F1 Red Bull racing team to Japan. The team began using Honda engines this year.

The team principle Christian Horner told fans that he is pleased to have the new engines and that they will do their best this season.

Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly sped their vehicles along a 360-meter course on a ginko-tree lined avenue and back.

About 10,000 spectators cheered when the drivers performed a donut turn, spinning their cars.

It was the first such performance on a public road in Tokyo.

An elementary school girl said she was overwhelmed and wants to go see an F1 race in the future.

The World Championship will open in Australia next Friday while the Japanese Grand Prix will be held in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, in October.