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David Coulthard with Red Bull in Cuba: F1 mechanic in a screwdriver shed

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David Coulthard with Red Bull in Cuba
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D avid Coulthard is up for any fun . And so there was no long deliberation when Sebastian Vettel's predecessor at Red Bull was asked during the summer break whether he would like to fly to Cuba and explore the local automotive scene. Together with Red Bull Racing Support Team Manager Tony Burrows and two mechanics from the Formula 1 team, the 42-year-old took the plane to the Caribbean.

The socialist palm tree paradise is not just because of the dream beaches worth a trip. Car fans get their money's worth here. There is a very special reason for this: According to Fidel Castro's laws, anything on four wheels may only be bought and sold if it was built before the 1959 revolution. And so the streets of Cuba are like a rolling car museum.

Coulthard enthusiastic about Cuba's mechanics

Above all, American post-war cruisers chug through the boulevards of Havana. They are kept alive artificially by primitive means. 'I had heard a lot about the car scene before,' reported Coulthard after the trip, 'but you have to come here to understand how the cars are held together with available materials.'

Simply ordering spare parts does not work. Import is prohibited. 'The mechanics therefore have to find creative solutions,' says Coulthard. The mechanics from Red Bull Racing were also fascinated when they looked under the bonnets. The difference to the high-tech world of Formula 1 couldn't have been greater.

Mechanics keep cars alive for 60 years

'I just loved the skills of these guys', team manager Burrows paid tribute to the local screwdrivers. 'They don't have any work materials and yet they have managed to have these cars rolling on the streets for almost 60 years. It is just unbelievable the solutions they come up with when problems arise.'

Of course it didn't Don't miss out on the small tour group to throw yourself into Cuba's traffic in a classic. At the wheel of a 1955 Pontiac, they explored the island and took part in a classic rally organized by Red Bull. We show you what they experienced in the picture gallery and the video.


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