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F1 & MotoGP 2024: ‘Austro-fuelled’ teams ready for action

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at the Oracle Red Bull Racing Car Launch

Reigning world champions Oracle Red Bull Racing were the last of the Formula 1 teams to unveil their car for the 2024 season. The spectacular presentation of the RB20 took place on Thursday evening in Milton Keynes. All three teams with Austrian roots (‘Austro-fuelled’, so to speak) that compete at the very highest level in the top motorsport series are now ready for action. Visa Cash App RB and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing also race under the red-white-red colours of Austria, providing a strong presence in Formula 1 and MotoGP. The home races for ‘our’ teams here at Spielberg are the major attraction on the sporting calendar for all die-hard Austrian fans.

Speaking of ‘going back to your roots’, there was a hint of this in the air when Oracle Red Bull Racing’s sister team Visa Cash App RB paraded its own design last week in Las Vegas. The rebranded Scuderia Toro Rosso outfit based in Faenza, Italy, presented a car that is strongly reminiscent of the predecessor model. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) and Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) are fully motivated to get the best out of the VCARB01 in its debut season and to acquit themselves well in the 2024 championship. The Spielberg Bull (red at heart!) will be keeping a ‘grandfatherly’ eye on their fortunes!

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More than just ‘ready to race’: On Monday, the eyes of the motorcycling world – and especially of Austrian fans – were on the Mattighofen-based Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, whose 2024 Motorcycle World Championship campaign will be spearheaded by Brad Binder (RSA) and Jack Miller (AUS). The red-white-red KTM outfit first entered the top MotoGP racing class in 2017, fielding the RC16 and spurred on by their dynamic motto: ‘Ready to race’. After securing multiple victories and podium finishes as well as taking second place in the constructors’ category last year, the aim for 2024 is clear: to go one better than last year and knock Ducati off their perch. And for everyone here at Red Bull Ring, it would be really great to see a third home win for the red-white-red motorbike constructors when they compete here on the race weekend of 16th – 18th August.

World championships in its DNA, motor fuel coursing through its veins and Austrian through and through: The RB20, which saw the light of day in Milton Keynes on Thursday evening, has a tough legacy to live up to. Its predecessor – a marvel of precision engineering – propelled Max Verstappen (NED) to a third consecutive Formula 1 title, Sergio Pérez (MEX) to drivers’ championship runner-up and Oracle Red Bull Racing to a crushing victory in the 2023 constructors’ world championship. The Austrian-owned team dominated 21 out of 22 races; a record that should stand for all ages, you might think. However, Formula 1 goes from strength to strength in 2024, with a programme of 24 races, making it the longest season in the history of the series. We’ll be fascinated to see just how many victories the team will chalk up this season.

What else is new? There is a brand new sprint format, which will also be trialled on the weekend of 28th to 30th June at the Red Bull Ring as one of an exclusive group of six race tracks this year. Three days of full-on racing action await spectators: practice and sprint qualifying on Friday, sprint and GP qualifying on Saturday and the main event – the Austrian Grand Prix – on Sunday.

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