gives you wings
Here's why an F1 car flew through Austin by helicopter yesterday
Red Bull really does give you wings.
If you looked up to the sky on Wednesday evening and thought you saw something resembling an F1 car flying through the air, you'd be right. Formula 1 team Oracle Red Bull Racing flew in three-time world champion Max Verstappen's car to a special event to debut the custom-designed livery ahead of the upcoming United States Grand Prix weekend – via helicopter.
The exclusive launch event at Austin's Oracle headquarters featured several unique experiences for attendees, including racing simulators and a custom hat-painting bar by Swiss artist Saiff Vasarhelyi. Drivers Sergio Perez, Verstappen, and Team Principal Christian Horner made appearances for a Q&A session and to watch the car get flown in.
The "Make Your Mark" contest was developed as a way for Red Bull fans to design parts of the RB19 livery for the three American Grands Prix in Miami, Austin, and Las Vegas. About 2,000 entries were submitted for the Austin contest, and over 25,000 fans voted for their favorite.
The winning car, the Lone Star Bull, was designed by Argentine graphic designer Fran Cavallone. Red, white, and blue lines sweep across the sides of the car, additionally adorned by stars that can also be found on the front and end wing plates.
Red Bull Racing flew Cavallone to Austin for the race weekend to surprise him with the car-in-the-sky spectacle, and will be giving him a personal garage tour at Circuit of the Americas. It's his first time ever visiting the city.
During the Q&A session, Cavallone explained that he used the Austin track as his inspiration behind the design.
"I watch all the races from home, and I always thought COTA was one of the most beautiful tracks in the whole F1 calendar," he said. "I was really sure that COTA was one of the most significant things that came to my mind when I started to think about the livery and the design."
He entered the contest after returning to his hometown of Rosario, Argentina from Florida after attending the Miami Grand Prix. It was his first time ever watching a race in person.
"I was in the grandstands watching the free practices, and then I get this message from a friend...and he was telling me that, 'Hey, bro, did you know that the Red Bull livery was designed by a girl from Rosario?'" he said. "I didn't know that at the time. I was surprised and confused, but I thought of an idea and I joined [the contest]."
As a graphic designer, Cavallone told CultureMap it took him about four or five days to complete his design.
"It was all I was doing at the time, instead of working," he said.
Both Red Bull Racing cars will be decked out in the red, white, and blue stars and stripes design this weekend.