Formula 1 fever was running hot in Austin, Texas this weekend, as Infinti Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo took over Congress Avenue for a few hours with the sound of revving engines and burning rubber. On a closed course in downtown Austin, Vettel and Ricciardo traded turns sliding around and doing donuts in the 2011 Championship RB7 F1 car and Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype.
Vettel knows a thing or two about doing donuts, having capped off his 2013 winning season with a dramatic example that cost Red Bull Racing €25,000 in fines from Formula 1. Although the RB7 car is of course a one-seater, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge has enough space and muscle for five passengers, and some lucky fans had the chance to hop in for a surely memorable test drive.
We can attest first-hand what a riot it is behind the wheel of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge, having sampled the 560-hp prototype super-sedan in England. The all-wheel-drive powerhouse uses a potent version of the already formidable, twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-6 from the Nissan GT-R.
In front of thousands of excited Formula 1 fans, Ricciardo and Vettel also participated in a drivers’ parade where the two stars got a chance to greet onlookers from inside open-top Infiniti Q60 convertibles.
Vettel announced last month that he would not return to Infiniti Red Bull following the 2014 season, and reports soon after indicated that he would be joining the Ferrari Formula 1 team for three years with a stunning $80 million-plus annual salary.
Check out the video above for footage of the event, and be sure to watch the next Formula 1 race which will take place in Brazil on November 11. At the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin over the weekend, Ricciardo placed third behind Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.