Earlier this Summer, four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel announced plans to run a demonstration at the Nürburgring in a 2011 Red Bull Formula 1 car. Not only is that run happening tomorrow, the car has already hit the track in preparation for the event.
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In a video shared to Twitter on Friday, the car can be seen running behind an M4 track car. While neither car is pushing particularly hard, the F1 car's naturally-aspirated V-8 echoes through the trees and overpowers every other sound within reach of the camera.
Vettel will be running the RB7, the car he drove to 11 wins in 19 races during the 2011 Formula 1 season. The initial announcement stated that the car would be converted to run on synthetic e-fuel, making for a relatively sustainable run even with the naturally-aspirated Renault V-8 that F1 used a decade ago. Then-demo driver Daniel Ricciardo was also announced as a participant in the event, but Ricciardo has since been promoted back into Formula 1 and injured during an F1 session. No replacement driver was announced, although no car was announced for Ricciardo during the initial reveal, either.
No announcement has been made about any potential record attempt during the event, but the demonstration nature of the event suggests that the Porsche 919 Evo's record time of 5:19.55 is still safe for the time being. Expect the run to look more like an F1 run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, more about showing off to the crowd than outright speed.
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