Ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern has won almost everything in the sport and he's now enjoying a stint in motor sport. As part of the DTM weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Austria, he had the chance to drive an RB7 Formula One car in a show run…
With David Coulthard as his mentor, Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern managed to drive a few laps behind the wheel of a 700PS strong Formula One car. Said Morgenstern: “It was unbelievable fun, a dream has come true for me!”
Entering a world inhabited by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, Thomas Morgenstern had the privilege of being an F1 driver for the day. And after a few rounds over the hot asphalt he climbed out of the car sweaty but happy. “It was simply a brilliant experience,” he said.
Even professional driver David Coulthard, who mentored Thomas Morgenstern, praised the performance of the 25-year-old Austrian. “He was driving smooth and fast, very talented,” said the Scot.
When Coulthard asked Morgenstern if he’ll take to the race track more regularly, Thomas smiled and said, "I’m thankful that I've had the opportunity to do all these things, but motor sports are merely a hobby of mine. My focus is on ski jumping but it has always been a good thing for me, personally, to make use of such impulses. The forces taht act upon you are enormous in an F1 car, there's certainly no time to think about what you’re doing while driving. It has a lot to do with intuition, just like ski jumping.”
The preparations for this adventure started over a year ago. Morgenstern has already trained at the Red Bull Ring, racing a Formula Renault and Formula 3000 cars. And a few weeks ago he trained in the Formula One Simulator at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes.
“You don’t just get behind the wheel and start driving a Formula One car," said Thomas. "it’s a process you have to go through. Each time you train, you're that bit closer to the dream of driving. You need a lot of sensitivity to even get these cars moving.”
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