2012 Red Bull Racing Formula One race carEnlarge Photo
Fresh from its wins in both the Drivers and Constructors categories in the 2012 Formula One World Championship, Red Bull took to Bologna, in Northern Italy, to host its latest Red Bull Speed Days event.
The event, which took place this past weekend, saw Red Bull cars from all motorsport categories the drinks company competes in, including cars from endurance racing, drifting, Formula One, NASCAR, WRC and even motorcycle sports, burn some serious rubber in front of fans.
It was staged as part of the 2012 Bologna Motor Show, which is still running at the Bologna Fiere convention center.
Top of the list, of course, were the F1 cars, in this case a Red Bull Racing RB6 piloted by David Coulthard and a Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 with Daniel Ricciardo at the wheel.
The two F1 drivers weren’t the only Red Bull stars at the event, however. Fans also got to see recently-crowned nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb give his Citroen DS3 WRC race car a good thrashing, while Drift king Aleksandr Grinchuk demonstrated the art of driving sideways very fast in his custom Nissan 350Z.The area around Bologna in Italy area has a pretty rich racing history, what with motorcycle manufacturer Ducati hailing from the heart of the city, Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani not too far away, and of course Ferrari also calling the place home.
It should come as little surprise then that one of the real stars of the 2012 Bologna Motor Show was Giancarlo Fisichella, pilot of AF Corse's Ferrari 458 GT2 and a test driver for the Prancing Horse’s F1 team.
He took to the Bologna Fiere’s makeshift track in the Ferrari F60 F1 car from the 2009 season, where he was given a very warm welcome from the fans packing the stands despite the arctic conditions--yes, it was snowing--that swept Northern Italy.
Giancarlo Fisichella in a 2009 Ferrari F1 car at the 2012 Bologna Motor ShowEnlarge Photo