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  F1 drivers speed through London
Updated 06 July 2004, 20.47
David Coulthard whizzes through Piccadilly Circus
Thousands of Formula One fans gathered in central London on Tuesday night to watch the cream of the racing world spin through the English capital.

But the event - designed to showcase the British Grand Prix this weekend - was halted early due to safety fears.

Top drivers including Jenson Button and David Coulthard from eight Formula One teams whizzed through the streets.

The route took in some of the capital's major sights, including Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street.

The event started 50 minutes late and ran for about an hour instead of two.

Treat

But it was still a treat for many Formula One fans and it's hoped the stunt will pave the way for London becoming the venue for a street motor racing event in the future.

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