Movie star Tom Cruise has sampled F1 machinery for the first time after taking part in test with Red Bull
Racing in California.
The test was part of a Red Bull
promotional trip to the USA, which also saw David Coulthard
hit the 'track' at the new circuit being built outside Austin, Texas while also driving his F1 car on the city streets.
Cruise's run in the F1 car came at the Willow Springs circuit in Rosamund, California with Coulthard on hand to provide expert advice.
Over the course of a seven-hour test, Cruise completed 24 laps in the F1 car and improved his lap times by almost eleven seconds from his first lap to his last.
"Tom's the real deal,” Coulthard said afterwards. “I was surprised that he picked it up so quickly and is such an accomplished driver.
“His recall was incredible considering how complicated driving an F1 car is. He's a guy who really pushes the envelope in real life. This day was not green screened. He thoroughly impressed me."