have undertaken some pretty awesome Formula One road trips in our time. But the
latest adventure might just top them all – by taking our double title-winning
Red Bull Racing RB7 for a wild ride through the Czech Republic and Slovakia
that culminates in a ‘world first’ stunt between our F1 car and an inverted Red
Bull Race plane.
was no ordinary battle of the pilots, however. While the RB7 hit top speed on
the short runway in conventional style, 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Champion,
Martin Šonka, took an alternative route, flipping his Extra 300 SR race plane
onto is back for a heart-stopping full-throttle flight, inverted, just metres
above our F1 car and with the drivers almost eyeball to eyeball throughout.
great thing about this film is that it’s all real,” says David Coulthard,
adding that “When the aircraft is just a few metres above the RB7 and upside
down, that is real, that is the skill of Martin. It’s a professional right at
the top of his game.”
as Martin explains, the race was even more complex than either the F1 or the
Air Race champion could have imagined. “We have both have very limited vision
out of our cockpits and for me to fly at such a low level and inverted, I more
or less need to look to the front to be able to control the height of the
plane. The driver also has to look to the front but because of the head and
neck restraint F1 drivers use he can’t look up. So we solved the problem by
placing a small mirror in front of him so he could see me and look to the
front. It was incredible to fly in such a formation, plus I’m a big fan of
Formula 1 so just seeing the car so close from the cockpit of my airplane was
something really special,” he stated.
to Castle is the latest in an ever-growing series of incredible road trips for
Red Bull Racing Honda, and after recently crisscrossing the US, wheel-spinning
through the streets of Amsterdam and thundering across the 15 July Martyrs
Bridge in Istanbul, the Team’s latest adventure saw the Red Bull Racing RB7
embark on a high-speed tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
at the world famous Prague Castle and taking in a flat-out blast across the
Charles Bridge, the tour sees 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard power
through the scenic vineyards of the Moravia region and onto Slovakia’s
beautiful capital Bratislava before heading to Proprad Airfield for the
ultimate speed showdown – a flat-out race against Martin Šonka.
Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard was also blown away by the breathtaking
scenery of the two countries admitting: “I really enjoy the fact that I have
the opportunity to showcase the Formula One car across different countries and
here in the Czech Republic and Slovakia we’re on cobbled streets and dusty
tracks and some beautiful scenery in the mountains. It’s been incredible and
Castle to Castle has been like a journey of discovery for me as well as a
showcasing what a Formula One car can do off-track.”
Source- Red Bull Content Pool
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