Red Bull enjoy hometown celebration in Milton Keynes
Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber took to the streets of Milton Keynes on Saturday for Red Bull's home run
World champions Red Bull Racing returned home to Milton Keynes to be greeted by almost 60,000 fans for a demonstration run through the city’s streets.
Double world champion Sebastian Vettel was joined by team-mate Mark Webber, team principal Christian Horner, and chief technical officer Adrian Newey.
As well as demonstrations from its Formula 1 drivers, former driver David Coulthard drove a Nascar, and Red Bull stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer wowed the crowd in the two-and-a-half hour Red Bull Home Run event to say thank you to the team’s staff and their families, and the local community.
“It’s great to be here in Milton Keynes which is where the cars are built and everyone from the factory works,” said world champion Vettel.
“It’s nice to say thank you and to see all the fans from the area. It was good fun; we did some donuts and enjoyed ourselves out there. Thanks to all the fans that came today, we wanted to put on a great show, so I hope they enjoyed it. It’s a great way to finish the season.”
Speaking after the event, Webber described the event giving something back to the community as special.
“It was something special to drive the car in Milton Keynes today in front of all the fans,” he said. “The location was close to the factory and I live pretty locally too, so it was nice to give something back to the community.
“I know some of the roundabouts on the course from driving my road car, so it was something different to drive them in an F1 car! It was a nice atmosphere, the sun was shining and it was good for everyone to get close to the cars. It’s a great thing that Red Bull has done to say thank you to the fans.”
Christian Horner added: “To run an F1 car through the middle of Milton Keynes was fantastic, so many of our workforce are local and it’s great to see so many fans here.
“It’s flattering to have so many people turn out to celebrate what we have achieved. Without the fans, there’s no Formula One and no Red Bull, so it’s good to give something back and celebrate our double World Championship like this.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Milton Keynes Council for what they have done for us. Closing the middle of the city on one if their busiest shopping days is highly appreciated, so a huge thank you to them for all their efforts.”