Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Brings Formula One To Vietnam
Formula One may have completed its early season flyaway tour but Aston Martin Red Bull Racing visited South East Asia today, with the Live Demo Team putting on a show for tens of thousands in Ho Chi Minh City.
Speculation in recent weeks has strongly linked Vietnam with a potential spot on the Formula 1 calendar in the near future and David Coulthard was at the wheel of the legendary RB7 for Formula One’s first live performance in Vietnam.
Going through 3 runs of the 650m course which is laid out on Nguyễn Cơ Thạch Street and splitting his efforts between daylight, twilight and a final run under floodlights in the early evening.
A heavy downpour ensured it would be a wet performance – but what the double championship-winning V8 lacked in tyre smoke it more than made up for with ear-splitting noise.
While this was DC’s first time in the car for 18 months, the 13-times grand prix winner wasn’t holding back: the white-hot glowing brake discs and exhausts told that story.
David Coulthard: “It really feels somewhat emotional when you bring a Formula One car to a new country.”
“In a sport that’s been so kind to me, you feel that you’re sharing it with a new generation. I’m sure the people that were here today and the media coverage this gets will make people tune in and watch Formula One. That’s something which, as a passionate fan of motor racing, makes me very proud.”
“It’s my first visit too, and it’s great to be in a place that’s clearly full of very friendly, educated, enthusiastic people and to be able to let them hear first-hand and see, up close, the engineering art of Formula One.”
After his efforts today, David was extremely upbeat about the potential for F1 in this part of the world saying – “You could see the reaction.”
“This is a very young country in terms of the population demographics but when I went to hand out caps, you could see a real mix of people: young, old, families, all genuinely appreciative of Red Bull bringing the F1 car here. There’s no question this sets a standard for future Live Demo runs.”
Thank you to the Red Bull Racing team for this feature!
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