The four time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez was given Red Bull machinery to play with in the Styrian mountains ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
As promotional events ahead of Red Bull’s home race in Austria gear up, the brand invited MotoGP riders Marc Marquez & Dani Pedrosa to join the Honda-backed Toro Rosso team at the Red Bull Ring for some promotional filming. A Red Bull from 2012, decked out with the current Toro Rosso livery, was supplied for both men to drive.
Marquez, who races with Repsol Honda, was advised by former Red Bull racer Mark Webber, putting in some time on a simulator before heading out on track.
“It was always my dream to race the quickest cars in the world.” beamed Marquez after his track time.
“I had great respect for it ahead of today, and I didn’t sleep well. In the end it was an unbelievable experience, and an absolute highlight of my career. There is a massive difference to MotoGP. The limited visibility was a great challenge, in particular, to begin with. You feel a lot more constricted in the cockpit. The braking distances and timing in turns is completely different. A Formula 1car has much more downforce, of course, which made for a lot of fun in the part of the circuit with the most turns, in particular.”
“My complete focus in the coming years will remain on MotoGP. I’m part of a fantastic team, and I feel fully motivated.”
“Who knows though, maybe Formula 1 will be a serious idea for me in a few years’ time!” – Marc Marquez
Dr. Helmut Marko, motorsport consultant with Red Bull and the man responsible for sourcing their new driving talent, had no doubt that the MotoGP rider has the necessary skills to change discipline, if he chose to: “To put that kind of performance in within such a short time says everything about his huge talent. In the coming years he is going to break a lot more records in MotoGP. Maybe after that, Formula 1 will actually be a possibility. Up to now only a few exceptional talents, such as John Surtees, have managed to compete in both racing series. Marc also has what it takes. Today definitely wasn’t the last time he will sit in a Formula 1 car.”