Kitzbühel was turned into the setting of the first ever F1 showrun at an Alpine peak on Thursday. In the build-up to the legendary Hahnenkamm ski races, Max Verstappen unleashed the power of a Red Bull Racing world-championship winning car. Supported by 3,500 spectators, the Dutch driver provided a spectacular foretaste – amid splendid winter weather – of the 2016 Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich at over 1,600 metres altitude. Austrian F1 legends Gerhard Berger and Helmut Marko didn’t want to miss out on the first time a racing car has taken to the snow at the Hahnenkamm.
2016 may only be a few days old, but F1 has already made its presence felt before the season starts. Max Verstappen put in an impressive performance in an F1 car amid an Alpine landscape in the build-up to the Hahnenkamm ski races at the legendary Streif ski run in Kitzbühel. The awe-inspiring sound of the Red Bull Racing world-title winning car with snow whirling around several metres into the air at the back delighted the 3,500 people watching at the edge of the circuit marked by ski gates.
Red Bull, 2016