After the sequence of season-opening fly-aways, Formula One has two weeks downtime to regroup ahead of the first European round of the season – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to see and hear the cars in action. The Red Bull Live Demo team criss-crosses the globe, taking F1 to places it doesn’t usually go.
Daniel Ricciardo was in the hot seat, putting the RB8 through its paces in an arena constructed in front of the historic Vienna Rathaus. A crowd of 60,000 turned up to cheer on Daniel, as he roared around the purpose-built arena during his three runs.
“The thing about driving in the city is that obviously the roads are a lot dirtier than a racetrack,” said Ricciardo. “There’s lots more dust and it’s very slippery – but that just makes it better for events like this because we can really spin the tires and create a bit more of a show for the fans.”
While the Live Demo team really don’t need a reason to put on a show, the event took place to publicize the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Among those in attendance were Gerhard Berger, Dr. Helmut Marko and Niki Lauda.