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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    1 hr ago


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    Is this Valtteri practicing his new tactics for beating Lewis next year??? That was way too close!! 😮😮

    Tats was dangerous it's only a matter a time before someone badly hurt over dis qualifying 1 car at a time on track


    Pure skills there at avoiding collision. Lewis becomes British again when he's stressed lol. Where's your American accent, champ?

    Your starting a bit early on next years secret plan to beat Lewis there Valtteri

    He had plenty of time. Saw him for the whole corner .... Drama queen

    And just like that sham straight on the radio

    Toto Fox is absent this weekend, so VB can finally be himself😉

    If that was anyone else in the field apart from the other Merc.. Grid penalty, reprimand...

    Goddam that was close Glad both are exceptional pilots 👏🏿

    I assume communication break down on the engineers fault

    Bottas: have to come up with a plan .... let's see .... hmmm .... plan .... what to do .... wha .... whooooa .... that was close !

    Wow, that was close 😮

    Valterri, it's James... 😂😂😂

    F1 and WRC pilotes are Jedi!

    Valtteri, it’s Lewis. Gtfo out of the way..

    ...and few seconds later he put Seb to on same situation.. Valteri 😴😴

    Damn they missed!

    "Valtteri was just sitting there" 🤣🤣🤣 He was actually going above 100/hour

    Valteri its James. Why are you sitting there 🤣🤣

    Bottas seemed to be unfocused today..

    10sec later lewis Blocks Vettel 🤣

    The plans not so secret anymore🤪

    2 seconds later he did the same for Vettel xD

    Valterri's caught dreaming on next year 😂

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    2 hrs ago


    Just over two tenths between the top five ⏱

    Drama at the start and the finish 💥

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    So gutting for Kubica. However, no matter how poor his season has been he got back to F1 following his horrific injuries. That guy is a winner to me 🙏☮️❤️

    I fell sorry for Kubica this season, no words about Williams, but he is the winner of this season. He returned and showed that impossible can be possible.👏💪🇵🇱

    Is that Kubicas first error this season?

    Can anyone tell me the best website to buy F1 tickets ? I’ve tried contacting F1 themselves but not getting anywhere ? I’m wanted one day, Sunday, Padang, Singapore ?

    The ghost of Alonso is still haunting every Honda powered-driver

    Intense stuff that 😬

    Nice to see Ferraris speed is back so all these teams can keep trying to figure out what they’re doing 😂 apparently wasn’t the fuel flow

    Hey look. Robert Kubica is once again proving his uselessness.

    Rough day at the office...

    At least the sponsors are getting air time.

    Did someone say top fans?? 😎

    Hondas blowing up 😞 no good. Hopefully the bulls have a reliable race.Ferrari looking alright.

    Claire gonna flip over him for sure.

    Duuno about you but that Ferrari down the straight sparking looked awesome

    Good drive hami...

    a wheelbarrow called a car ... Williams 😆

    Get 'em big red!! Ferrari!! 💪😎

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