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A Hollywood star and four other unlikely Red Bull test drivers

Away from the hustle and bustle of Formula 1, Red Bull like to put other notable names from outside the sport through their paces in their machinery. Here is a roundup of some special, one-off Red Bull test drivers.

Tom Cruise

Hollywood stars don’t come much bigger than Tom Cruise. Famous for doing his own stunts, the American actor was given the chance to truly show how brave he is behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car under the watchful eye of David Coulthard . The Scotsman, who picked up 13 race wins before calling it a day, was very impressed with Cruise and if you watch the footage, it’s not hard to see why.


Lindsay Vonn

Lindsay Vonn is a former alpine ski racer, so knows a thing or two about going fast. But how did the American get on when she was invited to drive a Formula Renault 3.5 car at the Red Bull Ring? Apart from gasping for air most of the time, Vonn impressed enough to be offered another opportunity should she wish. She politely declined.

Marc Marquez

Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is all too familiar with the speed and dangers of motorsport. What better candidate then to step up to the plate in a Formula 1 car? Marquez took to the Red Bull track in a Toro-Rosso inspired Red Bull car like a duck to water, with Helmut Marko admitting there was even potential for the Spaniard to be competitive in F1, provided he wall well coached.


Sebastien Loeb

French rally driver Sebastien Loeb has impressed in every bit of machinery he’s been in and, had the FIA granted him a superlicence, would have raced for Toro Rosso in the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a one-off publicity stunt. The nine-time rally champion would have to settle for impressive F1 test outings in a Renault then a Red Bull.

Adrian Newey

The name of Adrian Newey is synonymous with Formula 1, but not in a driving capacity. Hailed as a technical genius, the design guru took to the track in two of his own creations alongside David Coulthard and under the fearful gaze of Christian Horner, who said: “The problem is that he knows no fear.” A look at the footage below tells you all you need to know about Newey's prowess behind the wheel.