INDUSTRY LEADERS CHALLENGE
Red Bull team principal
Christian Horner passed the
Industry Leaders Challenge baton to Toto Wolff, his counterpart at Mercedes, during the Autosport Awards.
Horner acted as the guinea pig for the inaugural Industry Leaders Challenge, undertaking a high-profile stunt to raise funds for the Grand
Prix Trust, a charity that supports Formula 1 personnel who have fallen upon hard times. His task was to learn to drive a car on two wheels.
Guests at the Autosport Awards were entertained by a video of Horner attempting the feat under the tutelage of renowned stunt driver Terry Grant.
“I taught Sir Chris Hoy to do it,” said Grant. “But it took him 10 days – we only had a couple of hours…”
Red Bull’s ties with Aston Martin meant that Horner had to achieve two-wheeled equilibrium not in any old car, but in a Vantage. After several spine-crunching touchdowns, Horner successfully coaxed the growling 1600kg beast onto its rims.
“Now I’ve done it, there’s only one person I can think of to nominate next,” said Horner. “It’s got to be
Toto Wolff. I don’t know what we’ll get him to do – maybe swimming with sharks, or something.”
“I think Christian is a decent enough team operator, but not a very good driver,” joked Wolff as he accepted the Industry Leaders Challenge.
“I think the whole concept of this was to injure me somehow, so they were thinking of sending me down the slope of the Kitzbuhel downhill [ski] race. Unfortunately I tore a ligament last week so I can’t do that, but we’ll think of something and find another challenge.”
“Now I’ve done it, there’s only one person I can think of to nominate next” CHRISTIAN HORNER