Autosport (UK) - - AUTOSPORT AWARDS 2018 -

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

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