The Austrian's demonstration was to show support for the area, located about an hour's drive from Melbourne, that was ravaged by the devastating 'Black Saturday' bushfires of last month.

Christian Klien on Tuesday drove last year's BMW-Sauber down the main road of the town of Kinglake.

The Austrian's demonstration was to show support for the area, located about an hour's drive from Melbourne, that was ravaged by the devastating 'Black Saturday' bushfires of last month.

The event, also attended by former team boss Paul Stoddart and featuring Zsolt Baumgartner in a two-seater Minardi, aimed to "provide some relief and entertainment for the local community" ahead of Sunday's Australian grand prix, a spokeswoman said.

Kinglake, whose main road was converted into a 220-metre stretch of race track for the display, was one of the worst-affected towns of the fires, with at least 42 of the more than 200 total fatalities occurring in the area.

On Sunday at Albert Park, F1's drivers will be carried around the circuit for the drivers' parade on the track of local fire trucks.

 

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