While Sebastian Vettel was helping Germany to win the Race of Champions Nations Cup last weekend, Red Bull’s Australian duo Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo paid a visit to the Australian Festival of Speed to engage in plenty of rubber-burning antics just outside the city of Perth.
Perth-born Ricciardo kicked off proceedings with a demonstration run alongside Riverside Driver in the CBD on the Friday, with the pair completing a series of demonstration runs at Barbagallo Raceway, located north of the Western Australian capital.
“It was one of the coolest [days] of my life,” Ricciardo said afterwards. “I recognised a lot of people and think around 80% of the crowd was a family member or friend! I was almost as nervous before the show run as before a race; there’s pressure, as if you make a mistake you can look silly, but as soon the engine fired up and I got my helmet on I felt right back at home.”
“It’s awesome to be back in Australia and it’s great to get a Formula One car to this part of the country,” added Webber. “I raced [here] in 1994 – it’s always been part of the racing scene here and I’m looking forward to driving the car there tomorrow. It wasn’t a five minute job to get an event like this arranged, so well done to everyone involved.”
It’s a busy week for the Australian, who heads to Melbourne for several publicity appearances, including the launch of his first book, Up Front, which covers his incredible 2010 F1 season.
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