That one time: Red Bull put an F1 car on a FIS ski course

Max Verstappen performs during the F1 Showrun at the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 14, 2016. // Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

If there’s one thing 2020 has done, it’s amplified nostalgia. So we’re throwing back to “that one time” all week.

First up? That one time those crazy folk at Red Bull put Formula One driver, Max Verstappen, behind the wheel of a Formula One car and threw him down the world’s wildest FIS World Cup ski course, the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria.

The Belgian Dutch Red Bull racing driver (the youngest to compete in Formula One at 17 years in 2015) took to the slopes at 1600 metres altitude in front of 3500 spectators to create more history.

In the build-up to the legendary World Cup alpine ski race in 2016, the Dutch driver travelled 1,600m up to the Streif run to unleash a Red Bull Racing world-championship winning car around a snow laden track.

 

Red Bull Racing technicians had to make specially made snow chains, which played a big part in ensuring the first F1 show run on an Alpine peak was possible.

Max Verstappen creates Hahnenkamm history with F1 car in Alps

Max Verstappen creates Hahnenkamm history with F1 car in Alps

Posted by Miss Snow It All on Sunday, 23 August 2020

Afterwards, the then Scuderia Toro Rosso driver revealed: “It was really cool and was so much fun. Keeping the car on the track was a real challenge.”


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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.