The prodigal son has returned – in more ways than one – and to commemorate his first Formula 1 event on home turf since being re-welcomed into Red Bull Racing (albeit as a #3 driver), Daniel Ricciardo has undertaken an off-track road trip across Australia… in the championship-winning RB7 that earned Sebastian Vettel his second world title.
Joined by local talent ranging from Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen, off-road racers Toby Price and Daniel Sanders, to aerobatic pilot Matt Hall, the eight-time grand prix winner slipped back into the Red Bull cockpit to showcase our sunburnt country at its very finest.
“After my first Red Bull Racing Road Trip in San Francisco, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to do this in Australia,” said Daniel Ricciardo.
“To be back home, taking the RB7 across the Aussie outback, and sharing the best Australia has to offer with the world; what better way to celebrate my first F1 event at home since returning to Oracle Red Bull Racing?”
The Honey Badger’s road trip kicked off in his native Western Australia, before heading over to an outback cattle station, Broken Hill, and of course, an obligatory pit stop at Sea Cliff Bridge for a “true-blue test of handling corners” ft. Matty Hall from the skies.
“There’s nothing that compares to the Aussie conditions; we had a lot of fun ripping through the outback and tearing across the Sea Cliff Bridge.”
Eventually, Ricciardo pulled up to the famed Mount Panorama, where Shane van Gisbergen led the RB7 around the notoriously treacherous circuit in his own Red Bull Ampol Camaro.
Danny Ric is scheduled to appear at Melbourne’s Albert Park this weekend for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix alongside reigning two-time world champion Max Verstappen and Mexico’s Minister of Defence Sergio “Checo” Perez – in the meantime, check out his road trip for yourself above (and the time we endured 8Gs with Matt Hall here).