Get ready for the F1 machine, USA.
Formula One has traditionally never been a popular sport in the USA. Yes, it has a few diehard fans, but it's a much bigger sport in Europe. In Italy, it's almost a religion.
Thanks to Netflix, F1 is bigger than ever before, and the way races are broadcasted adds way more pantomime to the mix. You can hear all of the drama live from the team radios. Still, for Red Bull, that's not enough. And because it has all the money, it sent Sergio Perez ahead to wind up the fans ahead of this week's Grand Prix in Austin.
The last Red Bull Racing Show featured Max Verstappen and Alex Albon in 2019, but it sent Checo and Aaron Colton as a supporting act this year.
Colton is a stunt rider and pulled some fancy tricks and burnouts to warm up the crowd. Afterward, Checo pitched up in the bed of a Honda Ridgeline. Honda builds Red Bull's engines for now, in case you were wondering why the publicity team settled on that specific pickup.
Sergio "Checo" Perez drove down a short makeshift track surrounded by fans and ended the charade by doing a few donuts in an F1 car. This spectacular display took place thanks to the Dallas Mavericks, who were kind enough to donate their parking lot. Red Bull got into a bit of trouble for doing donuts around a world heritage site earlier this year, so a parking lot seemed like a good idea.
Not his car, mind. As we've seen before, teams are penalized for using new engine parts, so using a current car was just too risky.
Instead, Checo used one of Sebastian Vettel's exes. Vettel famously gave all his cars names, and the RB7 Checo used for this publicity stunt is called Kinky Kylie. It was Kylie's first outing since Max Verstappen took her out in 2019.
Earlier in the week, Kinky Kylie was spotted in New York doing a lighting fast pitstop. We wonder what Vettel is thinking, seeing his ex have such a grand time with a new man behind the wheel?
Max Verstappen is six points in the lead for the driver's title as we head into the next Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Lewis Hamilton is in second place and will likely want to make a proper comeback after his relatively poor performance in the Turkish Grand Prix.