Tokyo witnesses rare sight of F1 cars

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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The residents of Tokyo were treated to a rare sight of Formula One cars speeding through the streets of the Japanese capital on Monday, ahead of the Grand Prix in Suzuka next Sunday. At the same time, Formula One's governing body in Geneva squashed all speculation that the races would be cancelled due to the war in Afghanistan. The residents of Tokyo gathered near the Rainbow Bridge, over the bay of Tokyo, to get a first hand look at the cars that are to race in the Grand Prix this weekend. Jacques Villeneuve was also there to greet his fans. "It is fun. Tokyo is a very special town. I have got great memories here because I lived here for a year in 92 when I was racing for F3 in Japan, so it's fun to be driving down in the streets," said Villeneuve. Sato Takuma, the Japanese test driver who won the British Formula Three title this season was also there. Even though Villeneuve hasn't done too well this season, he has still managed attracting the crowd, in spite of the bad weather. "I came here to see Jacques Villeneuve," said Takuma. The Honda team has had an average season this year. They have 17 points in the constructors championship, so it's the last chance for them to add to that tally.