Formula One team Red Bull Racing has pulled off a daring stunt atop the Burj Al Arab with a spectacular show of burning rubber in celebration of its championship win.
The team clinched the Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships at the F1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix, its fourth consecutive title.
Perched 210m above the sea, on a helipad 24 metres wide, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 750bhp F1 car usually reserved for on-track use became the first to ever run atop the Burj Al Arab helipad on Wednesday.
With driver David Coulthard behind the wheel, onlookers were treated to a spectacular show of burning rubber and tyre smoke and a stunning backdrop of the Arabian Gulf overlooking scenic views of Dubai’s skyline.
Seconds after completing donuts in the car, Coulthard said: “That was a lot of fun. When Red Bull first suggested the idea to me I said ‘why not?’. I like getting involved with anything that pushes the boundaries and it’s what Red Bull stands for.”
He added: “I think this will produce fantastic, iconic shots in an amazing town and I’m really privileged to be part of it.”
The stunt was the latest in a list of sports to have graced the Burj Al Arab helipad.
“From Tiger Woods hitting golf balls from the helipad to Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing tennis on it, images of the Burj Al Arab have gone around the world, increasing awareness of Dubai and evoking a desire to visit,” Her Excellency Laila Mohammed Suhail, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, said.
“There could be no better way to both celebrate Red Bull’s recent win of the Formula One World Championship and look forward to the inaugural Dubai Motor Festival.”
Piers Schreiber, Spokesperson for Jumeirah Group, said: “Burj Al Arab has hosted many extraordinary events on its helipad, but none as exhilarating as a Formula One car in full spin. Not only is the hotel the most photographed and the most talked about in the world, it will soon class as having the most filmed helipad as well.”