Red Bull F1 drivers prepare for Austrian Grand Prix with spectacular caravan racing video
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Tuesday, 27, Jun 2017 04:00
By Kean Tahghighi-Everitt
Red Bull Formula 1 racing drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have decided to prepare for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix by taking a spin around the Red Bull Ring in the city of Spielberg in a slightly unconventional way.....they're towing caravans!
Verstappen is a 19 year old Dutch F1 driver who is used to breaking records; over the past two seasons, Max has become the youngest driver to compete in Formula 1, the youngest to lead a lap during a Formula 1 race, the youngest to score points and the youngest driver to ever win a Grand Prix, by triumphing at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
Ricciardo is an Australian Formula 1 driver who replaced compatriot Mark Webber at Red Bull back in 2014. Most recently, the 27 year-old, won the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend, moving him up into fourth position in the F1 Drivers' Championship standings.
However, when most people would be expecting them to be preparing for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix using their latest Formula 1 cars, Ricciardo and Verstappen were instead using an alternative training method: Attaching Red Bull-emblazoned caravans to the back of their Aston Martin Vanquish Volante racing cars, the Red Bull drivers proceeded to put aside their BBQ equipment and race each other around the circuit with entertaining results:
As the two drivers quickly learnt how fast they could go without tipping over their respective caravans on each corner, the race produced some spectacular slow-motion footage, full of sparks, burning rubber and two very happy Red Bull employees struggling to contain their enjoyment!
Unsurprisingly, the poor caravans didn't last too long with Formula 1 drivers behind the wheel but the competition was close. The caravans tried to cling on to the back of the cars but their survival chances were always slim. Here at CaravanTimes, we agree with Ricciardo: get rid of the conventional F1 format and just have caravan races on Sundays! However, our hearts go out to the caravans that were heartlessly destroyed during the production of this video. Have a watch of this behind the scenes footage for more caravan racing action:
Maybe F1 Caravan Racing could be the way forward to settle disputes in the industry, especially after recent incidents, including Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel's little tête-à-tête last weekend. The incident involved Hamilton suddenly braking while following a safety car, which caught Vettel unawares and resulted in the Ferrari driver colliding into the back of the Briton. Whether it was intentional or not, Vettel angrily responded by driving alongside Hamilton and intentionally swerving into him.
But the dispute didn't end during the race. Afterwards, the German claimed Hamilton 'brake-tested him', implying he did it on purpose and Hamilton called Vettel 'a disgrace.' The media was split on who to blame for the incident, with many siding with Hamilton, saying Vettel should take the blame but there were some people who thought Hamilton was partially responsible. What do you think?
Maybe the two should settle their differences over an F1 caravan race. Sound like a plan guys?
The 2017 Austrian Grand Prix officially starts on Sunday, 9th July. Who will finish higher, Verstappen or Ricciardo?