VIPs greet the fans

A plethora of Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso stars – of course! – were on-hand to witness the reopening of the ‘Red Bull Ring’, the circuit formerly known as the A1 Ring that was bought by Red Bull’s owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Guests – including Niki Lauda and Gerhard Berger – were treated to a host of activities, including F1 and Formula 3000 demonstration runs from Mark Webber and Sebastien Buemi, and even a Red Bull Air Race plane using the main straight as runway!

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But it was the F1 cars that fans came to see (Reuters) The rebuilt track features updated pit facilities
It was the F1 cars the fans came to see! Upgraded pit facilities were part of the circuit’s rebuild
Adrian Newey & Christian Horner (Reuters) Horner takes one of his old F3000 cars for a spin (Reuters)
Adrian Newey and Christian Horner were also on hand. Horner – a former junior-series racer – took an ex-Arden Team Formula 3000 challenger for a spin around the former Grand Prix circuit
Bernie Ecclestone (Reuters) Dietrich Mateschitz Helmut Marko (Reuters)
Three of the sport’s heavy hitters were present (L-R): F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz and Red Bull’s chief advisor Dr Helmut Marko.
Sebastien Buemi (Reuters) A Red Bull Air Race plan uses the main straight as a runway (GEPA)
Sebastien Buemi also went for a spin A different kind of runway!

[Images via GEPA and Reuters]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.