Red Bull Racing test and reserve driver Sebastien Buemi made an appearance at the Infiniti Racing Adventures event at Infiniti showroom where he took on guests in a simulator challenge hosted by Elliott Danker. The event also gave guests an opportunity to network and view a fashion show featuring Red Bull Racing apparel, Red Bull Racing Eyewear, Casio Edifice and Baby G watches, Pepe Jeans as well as Geox shoes.
We manage to sit down with him for a couple of minutes to find out about his favourite circuit and the aspects of being a test and reserve driver.
Tell us more about the aspects of being a test and reserve driver and how important is it to the team?
Sebastien Buemi: I think it’s really important. First of all the team has to have a really good reserve driver if something happens you know when you’re fighting for the championship like Red Bull is at the moment, you’ve got to grab all the points in every race and if you don’t have a good reserve driver then if something happens you may not be able to get those points which makes a big difference towards the end of the season. The biggest thing right now for the reserve driver is the simulator work. We spend days trying to improve the car on the simulator because testing is prohibited so we have to find another solution to keep improving the car.
Over the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 weekend, Elliott Danker had the chance to speak to Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner. He spoke about returning to Singapore, the struggles they’ve face this season and the combination of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel
Welcome back to Singapore Christian, how have you found it here so far?
Christian Horner: It’s always enjoyable to come back to this race, we’ve managed to win it for the first time last year with Sebastian Vettel which was fantastic for the whole team! We’re right in the thick of the championship battle now and it’s important to get a strong result in Singapore. It’s great to be back in the atmosphere of Singapore and back under the lights.
As part of Johnnie Walker’s Join the Pact campaign, Hamilton took to the tarmac in a McLaren MP4-12c and blazed his signature into the ground to symbolise his commitment to never drink and drive. This was the first time in the world that the stunt was performed for a live audience.
Demonstrating the importance of always staying in control behind the wheel, the World’s Most Powerful Signature was first performed by Jenson Button and Mika Häkkinen for a Johnnie Walker viral video that has since been viewed by over 230,000 people around the world.
Johnnie Walker also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Singapore’s own racing heritage, honouring local racing legend and 1967 Singapore Grand Prix champion Rodney Seow. Lewis Hamilton presented Rodney Seow with a specially customised Johnnie Walker race helmet in recognition of his invaluable contributions to Singapore’s racing heritage and his own incredible journey of personal progress. Elliott Danker also got to have a chat with the 2008 World Champion
It was an action packed weekend at the end of September as Singapore hosted it’s fifth Singapore Grand Prix. One of the highlights for many fans is a chance to get up close and personal with their favourite drivers.
Elliott Danker had the chance to do just that in this document of the events leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix