A London black cab and double-decker bus also join the madcap race.
The 2021 Formula 1 championship is shaping up to be a classic. Aston Martin returned to the grid as a works team for the first time in 60 years and Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen has a real chance of stealing the crown from Lewis Hamilton who is looking for his eighth consecutive title. The British Grand Prix returns this weekend, and to celebrate Red Bull Racing staged a lighthearted race at Silverstone, pitting the championship-winning RB7 race car against a barrage of quintessentially British vehicles from the 21st century.
At the front of the grid is the legendary London Night Bus, followed by the all-too-familiar white Ford Transit van and London black cab. Other competitors include a hatchback crammed with festival-goers and a Ford Focus ST with a stereotypical boy racer behind the wheel. Also challenging the Red Bull F1 racer is the iconic Spitfire plane, which, let's face it, poses the biggest threat. It's certainly one of the most unusual F1 races you're ever likely to see.
To make the race more interesting, the "best of British" team is given a massive head start, but it doesn't take long for the RB7 driven by Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen to catch up.
The London Night Bus doesn't give up its position without a fight, but it's obviously no match for the V8-powered Red Bull RB1. There's also some impressive stunt driving throughout the video. The boy racer attempts to block the F1 car but ends up tipping onto two wheels. After missing the pit lane, the black cab driver performs a handbrake turn, does some donuts, and pulls a reverse 180, giving his passengers the ride of their life. The madcap race culminates in an epic duel between the RB7 and Spitfire, ending with a photo finish - you'll have to watch the video to find out the result.
For the first time since 2019, this weekend's British Grand Prix will have a full capacity crowd. Before the Grand Prix on Sunday, there will also be a new experimental Sprint Race, in which drivers will race flat out for 17 laps without needing to pit.
"I think Silverstone is going to be a big challenge," said Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Honda CEO and Team Principal. It's been a stronghold of Mercedes for several years now, but it's another opportunity to win. And of course, with the first of the new Sprint Races this year it's going to be a new event format - and extra points are available. Whatever happens, it's going to be a really exciting weekend and we are ready for the fight."
Red Bull Racing Honda Driver, Max Verstappen, added: "When we were at Silverstone last year, the track was amazing, but the atmosphere was missing. To have the British crowd back again in full attendance will be really special and I hope that the race is going to be just as exciting."