To fill the void between the Hungarian and Belgian races, the Team packed an RB8 into the back of a transporter, crated up test and reserve driver Sébastien Buemi and headed for the hills. The destination: the foothills of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland for the Red Bull Race Day.
A gathering of the clans from across the Red Bull motorsport landscape, the Race Day event saw stars from the worlds of cars, motorcycles and aviation gather at Grenchen Airport, 25km north of Bern for two days of adrenaline-fueled, high-octane insanity.
Topping the list of attractions were local hero Sébastien Buemi and the double-title winning RB8. The last time Séb brought an RB8 to Switzerland it was to tackle the tight and twisting Tremola Pass, a feat that required precision and care. This time, however, the Swiss driver had the wide open spaces of an entire airfield at his disposal, and with no boundaries in place, Sébastien gave the RB8 a proper thrashing.
To the delight of the 36,000 spectators who turned up for the event, the Red Bull Reserve Driver completed a series of flat-out runs in the 2012 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship winning machine.
It wouldn’t be a proper show car run without the full complement of donuts and burnouts and Sébastien was only too happy to oblige, wreathing the crowd in spirals of tyre smoke as he pirouetted across the runway.
The action wasn’t confined to terra firma, either. Red Bull Air Race stars Matthias Dolderer and Nicolas Ivanoff took to the skies for some eye-popping runs at speeds of over 370 km/h, while the Flying Bulls were also on hand to showcase the incredible beauty and manoeuvrability of the historic Lockheed P38 Lightning.
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