Belfast is preparing for a night of Formula 1 under the lights of Chichester Street. One of Formula 1’s most popular teams, Red Bull Racing, has brought its 2012 title-winning car, the V8-powered Red Bull RB8, for the street demo.

13-time Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard is responsible for entertaining the Belfast crowds while controlling the high-revving 780 bhp beast along what is set to be a slippery street circuit. The ex-F1 racer turned broadcaster is glad to be back in Belfast and revealed his desire to put on a good performance.

“It’s great because Red Bull is putting a car, which is a piece of engineering art, loud and powerful, up close to the public,” said Coulthard. “You wouldn’t even get as close as this in places like Monte-Carlo.

“With the Red Bull style matched with typical Irish hospitality, I expect this to be one of the friendliest and most engaging events of the year.”

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Speaking ahead of the Belfast event Coulthard explained that Red Bull’s live F1 events serve more than just Formula 1 fans.

“It’s not just about motorsport,” said Coulthard. “These events are great for local communities even if they’re not Formula 1 or motorsport fans.

“It’s a great celebration of technology, and sport, as we know, brings people together, it takes people on a journey.

“There will be a generation of young people in Belfast that will see a Formula 1 car for the first time which could inspire them to be involved in engineering or something associated to motorsport.

“As an ex-sportsman, I enjoy being behind the wheel, but this sport is so much more engaging and diverse than just human and machine going around a race track.

“It brings people together and in the Red Bull team, there is a diverse range of nationalities, men and women who contribute to a car that turns out to be a winning car. Whether it be engineering, strategy, mechanicing, design, media and hospitality, there is a great deal of people working on it.”

Coulthard will drive the Red Bull out of his temporary Belfast City Hall garage for the first of three show runs at 8 pm on Saturday evening. It’s an event you won’t want to miss as Coulthard admitted he’ll be “demonstrating the starting capabilities of a Grand Prix car.” So wrap up warm and make sure to watch out for some Formula 1 burnouts!

Adam Hall

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