Hyderabad, 5th April, 2015: Infiniti Red Bull Racing gave Hyderabad a taste of Formula One for the first time ever today. The extreme noise of the F1 car coupled with the driving expertise of legendary 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard who was at the wheel, made the Red Bull F1 Show Run of Hyderabad an unforgettable event.
Driving the car across the Tank Bund Road stretch and 2 times around the Hussain Sagar Lake, Coulthard showed what the Infiniti Red Bull Racing car can do, as he reached speeds of 282 km per hour. Speaking about his second visit to India and driving the F1 car on Indian soil once again, David Coulthard said, “It’s good to be back in India. The F1 fans of this country have always given me a warm welcome. It’s my second time here and the enthusiasm in this country has only increased since my last visit. It’s always a special feeling to drive a Formula One car for the sheer thrill of the fans and it was incredible to take the car for a spin at such an iconic location. What made this show run even more special was that we are the first team to have driven a Formula One car on the streets of Hyderabad. This city and its enthusiasm is something I will remember long after I return home. ”
Lithuanian freestyle stunt biker Aras Gibieza proved to be a fitting opening act as he performed a daredevilish inaugural feat, following which Indian film star Nagarjuna flagged off the F1 car. The Showrun ended on a memorable note with Coulthard waving the Indian flag.
Also present at the event were the father son duo, actors Nagarjuna and Chaitanya, member of legislative assembly K Taraka Ramarao, India’s foremost off-road racer CS Santosh and cricketer Varun Aaron among others.
About Infiniti Red Bull Racing
The four-time championship winning Formula One team, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, set a world record in 2011 by driving on the highest motorable road in Khardung-la, Kashmir. The same year, Daniel Ricciardo drove the car down the iconic boulevard of Rajpath in Delhi, while Coulthard had earlier taken the car for a spin on the Sea Link in Mumbai in 2009. The team’s first year in the FIA Formula One World Championship was 2005. Infiniti Red Bull Racing has won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship four times (2010-2014) and they are the first and only Formula One team to achieve 50 wins in 10 years.
What is Red Bull F1 Show run?
A show run gives fans all around the world a chance to witness the Formula One car up close and personal – who might not otherwise get to experience the sport. Infiniti Red Bull Racing has taken the car to many different international locations – from the icy terrain of Quebec, Canada, to the beaches of Santo Domingo, and the streets of London – in a spectacular demonstration of the car’s prowess. The Red Bull F1 Showrun, Hyderabad marked yet another milestone for the team.
About David Coulthard
After distinguished careers in British junior Formula Ford and British Formula 3 Championships, David Coulthard took to Formula One in 1993 with Williams. He then moved to McLaren in 1997 and subsequently to Infiniti Red Bull Racing in 2005. He won 13 grand prix, all in cars designed in part by Adrian Newey, and appeared on the podium 62 times. Following his retirement in 2008, he continued to work with Red Bull as an ambassador, a position he still holds today.