A trip to the Red Bull Ring lets the Red Bull Junior Team prove that the kids are alright.
António Félix da Costa, the 21-year-old Portuguese, is the most experienced of the team and had a great time at the Red Bull Ring. “It's really good fun, it's good to get together with the other Junior drivers, we try to keep in touch as much as possible and help each other out.”
António is now driving in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for Arden Caterham and has already tested for Red Bull Racing but still remembers his roots. “I was a little bit on my own when I was doing my early races and I didn't have the pressure of being in the Red Bull Junior Team. You know you have to deliver straight away in this environment. My Junior team-mates are in good teams, in good championships so I can see a bright future for all of us here.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. is always keen for a bit of fun with some friends and some toys. “Of course it's been great to be here at the Red Bull Ring, to get together with the others, a lot of fun playing with some of the toys, the X-bows, the Nissans doing some drifting, something different,” explained the 18-year-old Spaniard who is driving for MW Arden in GP3. “We are all here because we are living and loving motorsport so to spend a couple of days together with your mates is special.”
New to the team is 18-year-old Netherlander Beitske Visser and she is not used to all the photos and interviews. “There has been so much more media attention since I joined the team just a few weeks ago. I can't count how many interviews I've done but it's been more than one a day. It almost seems a bit much sometimes but of course it is very good to have it. At home it is so funny, my friends keep texting me, I've seen you here, I've seen you there.”
“It's fun to get together with all the team. Most of them have more experience than me so it is great to listen and learn while we talk about all sorts of racing,” concluded Beitske, the team's newest member who contests the ADAC Formula Masters alongside fellow Junior Team member 16-year-old South African Callan O'Keeffe for the Motopark Academy squad. “It's been awesome," said O'Keeffe. “Great to meet up with everyone, to meet Tom for the first time. What more could you ask for, fun to drive the X-bows and the pictures that come out of it are so great so cool and it makes you realise how lucky you are to be part of this.”
Tom Blomqvist, the 19-year-old Briton joined the Junior Team this year and is in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship driving the EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes. Like all of them he spent a good amount of time on the two video game simulators between photo shoots. “Callan is claiming a few fastest laps at some of the tracks but I'm not sure, he certainly made sure he had a lot of practice,” claimed Blomqvist with a grin.
Daniil Kvyat came late to the party having been testing a Carlin F3 car ready for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend in Hockenheim, his full time campaign being the GP3 Series for the MW Arden squad alongside Sainz. “It is great to see everyone, I'm just sorry I missed most of the fun,” said the 19-year-old Russian.