Red Bull earned a surprising victory in the wild thriller of the Azerbaijan GP last weekend with Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel, the energy drink company now heads for a race to Budpest which takes place in the air instead of asphalt. F1Technical.net's Balazs Szabo visited the opening press conference on Monday.
Red Bull’s ceaseless presence in different territories of motorsport continues this weekend as the company is preparing for a special event in the astonishing city centre of Budapest. The race in the Hungarian capital will be held for the 11th time.
The field of 23 pilots will conquer the best spots of the Budapest downtown. They will fly cruelly under the Chainbrige, will storm past the air gates with the Hungarian Parliament, the Gellért mountain and the River Danube as the background just to pick out a few thrilling spots of the heart of Budapest.
„It is difficult to describe what the pilots feel when they complete the track in this beautiful environment, in the heart of the city in front of many enthusiastic Hungarian fans,” said the series leader Martin Sonka about the highlights of race.
„The moment when you fly to the track and under the Chainbridge… Well, that is really incredible and something you can only experience here. For me, this race is considered as my home race as many fans arrive from the Czech Republic.”
The Budapest round will be the foruth venue of the 2017 calendar of the series. The field have already visited the venues of Abu Dhabi, the USA and Japan. After this weekend’s race the field will race in Russia, Portugal and Germany before the pilots complete their final round in the USA.
Following the first three races, the Japanese Yoshihide Muroya and the Czech Martin Sonka were equal on points with both have scored 30 units.
The Budapest round will feature a tight schedule with offering different activities around the River Danube. The practices and qualifying sessions will be held on Saturday before the all-important races will take place on Sunday. The organisers will offer a series of concerts, mountain bike and freestyle shows to entertain the enthusiastic crowd. The Hungarian pilot, Peter Bessenyei who is often labelled as the godfather of the Red Bull Air Race for laying the grounds for the series, will also complete multiple demo runs over the course of the weekend.