Red Bull Racing opened the doors to the teams racing facility in Milton Keynes and had ex-driver, David Coulthard, jump into the official factory simulator and set his best time for a new challenge series entitled the Red Bull Racing Simulator Challenge. Then a select group of people were invited to take their place in the simulator to see if they could topple Coulthard’s time.
Coulthard’s best time in the simulator at the Red Bull Ring in Austria was a 1:17.960 lap of the circuit. This is the standard everyone was set to beat in order to win the challenge.
With the astronomical costs of real world Formula 1 and an almost total ban on in-season testing, most drivers from the top F1 teams spend time in their factory simulators in order to learn a new circuit, practice their race starts and test new data gleaned from the cars during a race weekend. The importance of factory simulators in F1 is not to be underestimated, most teams find them invaluable.
The first person to take their place in the factory simulator is none other than Adrian Newey, chief designer of most of the team’s race winning F1 cars. Newey even got to set a lap time in a car of his own creation.
Newey is no stranger to racing having participated in the 2007 running of the 24 hours of Le Mans in the AF Corse Ferrari F430. Newey and his co-drivers Ben Aucott and Joe Macari managed to finish 22nd outright and fourth in class that year.
First up, it’s Adrian Newey.
Team Principal Christian Horner was next up to take on the F1 Simulator Challenge.
Red Bull then welcomed musician and producer Sigala to the Red Bull Racing factory to take on the challenge.
Next up was former F1 Team boss and TV personality Eddie Jordan.
Last but by no means least was TV Presenter Steve Jones to show them how it’s done.