South Africans will finally get to see Formula 1 in their back yard when multiple world championship-winning team Aston Martin Red Bull Racing brings speed, sound – and maybe a couple of doughnuts – to Cape Town’s streets in June.
Cape Town, South Africa – Red Bull Cape Town Circuit will take place at Cape Town’s iconic Grand Parade on 2 June 2019 and promises to be a motorsport spectacle of note, showcasing the best of what modern racing technology can do. The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing machine is truly a technological marvel, designed and built by some of the world’s top engineers and has won four back-to-back Formula 1 World Constructors’ Championships.
Fans will see the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing car speeding along an urban track, starting in front of the iconic City Hall facade. The car, which accelerates from 0-100km/h in 2.4 seconds, can reach speeds of 250km/h and above, at the hands of one of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s experienced drivers.
The new Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 was unleashed at the beginning of the year. Donning a one-off livery, the RB15 drives the team into a new era thanks to the arrival of Honda power and an exciting new driver pairing.
After putting the RB15 through its paces for the first time and completing a series of trouble-free runs for the cameras, Max commented: “The car looks cool. The livery is very beautiful, even though it’s only for today,” said Max.
“I was really excited to jump in the car and as soon as we got going it felt pretty normal. It felt good and we had no problems, so I’m very happy with that. Of course today is a filming day, so there’s a limited amount you can get out of it, but it’s really important to have a day like this, before you go to the official tests. You get a first impression and you see if there are any little issues with the car or engine. Luckily we didn’t have any and it’s very positive that we had this opportunity. Now we can go testing properly, we’ll see what we can get out of that and we’ll be able to understand the car and the engine a bit better. But so far, so good.”
The international star driver for the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit display will be revealed in the next few months in the lead-up to the event. He’ll be joined by a host of South African motorsport stars, who will bring their local brand of South African speed to the show.
The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing crew have taken this powerful machine to a number of incredible locations around the world. They’ve powered through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, lit up Marseille’s docklands, scythed through Belfast at night and done doughnuts on the roof of a skyscraper in Miami. Now, it’s Cape Town’s turn…
The day itself will be packed with family-friendly events and entrance will be free. Witnessing the kind of raw power and spectacular sound that the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing machine brings to the track, up-close and personal, is an experience like no other – and could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Capetonians and South Africa, at large.
More details about the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit will be released soon. In the meantime, fans can try to qualify for pole position by heading over to redbullcapetowncircuit.com for more details.