A race round Princes Street Gardens

Formula 1 stars visited the Capital today to take part in a spectacular driving event in Princes Street Gardens.

As part of a global campaign by JOHNNIE WALKER® to promote responsible drinking, former World Champion Mika Hakkinen joined by 2014 McLaren Mercedes F1 drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen to take part in a one-off free public driving spectacular against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

The event promoted Join the Pact, the global JOHNNIE WALKER initiative which encourages people to pledge to never drink and drive. 

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, got behind the wheel. He said: “The sight and sound of three of the world’s top Formula 1 drivers circling a track in the middle of Princes Street Gardens has been spectacular and importantly, free for the public to enjoy.

“The Council is thrilled Diageo’s Join the Pact campaign has launched in Edinburgh. As the home of Hogmanay, we welcome thousands of people to celebrate in the city’s streets, and the safety of everyone who joins in is hugely important to us.  We are glad to support the initiative to pledge never to drink and drive.

“People joining Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will benefit directly from the campaign too, because in return for pledges that have already been given, Johnnie Walker is providing free Lothian Bus journeys home.” 

To find out more about the campaign and how to pledge never to drink drive, visit Join the Pact of follow the Twitter hashtag #gethomesafely. Each pledge will provide free public transport miles for the events in the UK.

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