While skiers might be used to the sights of a snowmobile or a snowcat trucking up and down their local ski slopes, on Thursday, visitors on the hills of the famed Kitzbühel ski resort in Austria were greeted by something entirely foreign: a Formula One car.
In a stunt arranged by the team at Red Bull Racing, Formula One driver Max Verstappen had his race car airlifted to the top of the iconic Streif ski course on Kitzbühel and was given the opportunity to race down its icy slopes. He didn’t disappoint.
In a thrilling video, Verstappen can be seen tearing through the course, drifting around snowy corners and flooring it through straightaway sections. After driving through the race course, Verstappen said it was unlike anything he had ever experienced.
“I’ve never driven on snow,” Verstappen told Red Bull after the run. “It was a real challenge; we had to put my tires in chains, it was very special. It was great fun and the enthusiasm of fans in Kitzbuhel was great.”
Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s director of motorsport, got to witness Verstappen’s run firsthand and claimed that the drive was nothing short of groundbreaking.
“It’s the perfect advert for Formula One,” Marko said, asserting that the drive has set a new benchmark for Formula One. “It shows exactly what you can do with a little imagination. I’d have loved to have done this in my youth, but unfortunately nobody thought of it at the time.”
The stunt comes on the tails of last week’s Red Bull Frozen Rush, which pitted eight of the world’s best off-road racers in a battle for supremacy on the snowy slopes of Sunday River in Maine.
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