To celebrate winning the Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships for the fourth consecutive year, Infiniti Red Bull Racing chose to repeat Sebastian Vettel’s victory donuts one more time.
But rather than a race track, the team asked Red Bull ambassador and F1 pundit David Coulthard to perform the stunt 210 metres above the sea on a helipad just 24 metres wide.
Coulthard became the first driver to run a 750bhp Formula One car on the Burj Al Arab helipad in Dubai, against the stunning backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, overlooking Dubai’s impressive skyline.
“That was a lot of fun,” said Coulthard shortly after stepping out of the cockpit. “When Red Bull first suggested the idea to me I said ‘why not?’ I like getting involved with anything that pushes the boundaries and it’s what Red Bull stands for.”
The stunt was filmed prior to this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel will aim to secure his 11th victory of the season, just two short of Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a single season.
The team is 25,000 Euros lighter after being fined for Vettel’s post-race celebrations at the Indian Grand Prix. The 26-year old German ignored the instructions of his race engineer Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Rocquelin to proceed directly to the post race parc ferme as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
Did he care? Of course not.
Instead he drove on to the start-finish straight and proceeded to perform three perfectly executed donuts.
Should Vettel win the three remaining he will also equal Alberto Ascari’s run of nine consecutive grand prix wins, achieved in 1952 and 1953.
One can only begin to guess what he’ll do if he matches the legendary Italian racing driver..