16 June 2015
Ricciardo, Sainz to give Mexico early taste of 'new' F1
Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz are to demonstrate a Red Bull RB7 around Mexico City's famous Plaza de la Constitución as a precursor to November's F1 grand prix.
Not since 1992 has Mexico reverberated to the sound of F1 engines but, now, a few months before the country makes an eagerly-awaited return to the calendar, the people will be treated to a special demonstration right in the heart of Mexico City.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing, already renowned for its innovative approach to taking extreme sport to those who may not necessarily have access to it, will stage the free event on Saturday 27 June, as Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz put one of the team's double-championship winning RB7s through its paces over a specially-constructed course in the city's most famous and most historic square – the Zocalo.
Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, the Zocalo not only features the city's cathedral, but also the ruins of the great Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, with the ancient complex's Templo Mayor, the seat of Aztec power, just one block away.
Spectators will witness three-time grand prix-winner Ricciardo and Scuderia Toro Rosso rookie Sainz take the Renault V8-powered RB7 around the perimeter of the plaza, and both drivers admit that they are anticipating the unusual experience.
“I'm really looking forward to this very special trip to Mexico,” Ricciardo said, “The demo runs in the city centre should be amazing and everyone is up for putting on a really big show.
“The square looks massive so I think I should be able to really give the car a good workout. Mexico City's huge and I know that Mexican people are really into F1, so I'm looking forward to seeing just how big a crowd we can bring out on the day!”
Sainz says that he expects to get flashbacks during the trip, but remains focused on giving the spectators a real taste of F1.
“I have no memory of it, but my parents tell me I have been there before, when I was about two or three years old,” he explained, “What I do know is that it's always special to drive an F1 car through city streets, and it's a great way for people to get an idea of what F1 is about before we return for the first grand prix to be held in Mexico in a very long time.”
The first Mexican Grand Prix in 23 years is scheduled to take place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez over the weekend of 1 November.
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