F1: MotoGP Champ Marquez tests F1 car at Red Bull Ring

F1: MotoGP Champ Marquez tests F1 car at Red Bull Ring

Spaniard let loose behind the wheel in Formula 1 machinery at Red Bull Ring.

Marc Márquez has already beaten all and sundry on two wheels but today switched to four wheels and a Formula 1 car for a new speed experience on the track.

The four-time MotoGP champion, who leads this year’s championship after six rounds, took to the wheel of a Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car for a few laps of the Red Bull Ring. Here is all you need to know.

  • Marquez was given the opportunity to switch from his Repsol Honda bike to an STR F1 car.
  • The Spaniard drove for a few hours at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix there later this season.

  • He first underwent a series of laps in the simulator before getting onto the track for the test run.

  • Hooked after just a few laps, he said: “It was always my dream to race the quickest cars in the world. I had great respect for it ahead of today, and I didn’t sleep well. In the end it was an unbelievable experience, and an absolute highlight of my career. There is a massive difference to MotoGP. The limited visibility was a great challenge, in particular, to begin with. You feel a lot more constricted in the cockpit. The braking distances and timing in turns is completely different. A Formula 1 car has much more downforce, of course, which made for a lot of fun in the part of the circuit with the most turns, in particular.”
  • And does he see a career in four-wheel racing in the future? Marquez said: “My complete focus in the coming years will remain on MotoGP. I’m part of a fantastic team, and I feel fully motivated. Who knows though, maybe Formula 1 will be a serious idea for me in a few years’ time!”

  • The 25-year-old had a litany of F1 big hitters to put him through his paces with the likes of three-time world champion Niki Lauda, eight-time grand prix winner Mark Webber and Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko watching from the stands.

  • Webber said: “He was really quiet still at breakfast. As soon as he got into the cockpit, he was 100 per cent focused and delivered a top performance on the race track. Formula 1 and MotoGP are two completely different things. Marc made my job as an instructor very easy though. He always asked the right questions and improved lap by lap.”

  • Marko said: “To put that kind of performance in within such a short time says everything about his huge talent. In the coming years he is going to break a lot more records in MotoGP. Maybe after that, Formula 1 will actually be a possibility. Up to now only a few exceptional talents, such as John Surtees, have managed to compete in both racing series. Marc also has what it takes. Today definitely wasn’t the last time he will sit in a Formula 1 car.”

  • Already Marquez is sixth on the list of all-time grand prix motorcycle race wins with a tally of 64 from 125cc up to MotoGP itself.

  • He currently leads the 2018 standings with three wins from the first six races.

  • Other MotoGP rivals have taken to an F1 car in the past, notably Valentino Rossiwith Ferrari and Jorge Lorenzo for Mercedes, while Fernando Alonso made the switch in the other direction to test Marquez’s 2015 bike.

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    18 minutes ago

    MotoGP

    After 20 gripping laps, it all came down the final few metres! ⚔️

    Watch the overtake which saw Álex Rins narrowly get the better of Marc Márquez! 🏁

    #BritishGP 🇬🇧
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    Amazing race.. ee all cheered for you alex 😀

    I had to clap for the television, no words for the race Rins did, what a lesson for Marquez and all the others riders

    Fantastic last couple of MotoGP races, brilliant win for Rins 🏁

    Beautiful... He know he can do it at the last corner...

    Two races in a row now where MM93 hasn’t managed his tires till the end and has lost it in the final stages. He used to be the best at that.

    i had to shout when rins got the W..what a race..marq rear tire got skid a little & it turn out for open to rins..

    Superbe manœuvre et très propre 👍😎

    Magnifique coiffé sur la ligne d'arrivée 😂😂😂

    Rins had time to look at him ... scene for Descktop 😍

    Wasted! Marquez's rear slide followed by front slide ... no more grip. Rin's tires still gripping.

    prachtig weer in de laatste bocht voorbij gekomen.

    Awesome pass on the inside.

    Magical move! 🥰

    A move Marques would have been proud of.

    This is what Moto GP is all about! Realistically, MM has the title sown up, but he's still willing to lay it all on the line to win races. I don't really have a favourite, I just have huge respect for all riders and what they bring to the sport! 🙏

    That look at Marquez. Priceless.

    And rins giving marques the side eye as he crossed the line!!! Well earned victory

    Kevin Schwantz style 💪

    One of the greatest finish ever!!!

    Mark is best all time MM93

    Yes 42INS!!

    2 right corner again for M.M

    To rins " youre amazing "

    ครึ่งล้อจำจนถึงวันตาย

    Alex Rins has just revealed the secret of beating 93....stick with him like a leech till the very last corner...& 'bamm'! Vamos!

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    1 hr ago

    MotoGP

    WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

    Remember you can watch now the #BritishGP 🇬🇧 race OnDemand with #VideoPass ➡️ bit.ly/BrVoDfb
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    Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

    Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

    Gilbert Durand j’avais filmé notre dernière sortie...souvenir souvenir....😉😉😉🤣

    knap gedaan

    Phil Goode

    I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

    Suzuki love

    Those lean angles are sick 😮

    Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

    Tobias Maibom siehste es geht mehr als 45 Grad 👌🏻

    Ludo Metz angle fort!

    Im a 93 fan, but glad yesterday's race turned out the way it did. Racing has to be like this, let the best rider win for what ever reason. I stopped waching F1 because it had nothing anymore, and Moto Gp feels the same way some times......👌👌👌👌👌

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    2 hrs ago

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    Get well soon Dovi !! ... See Less

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