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Test drive in the RallyCross car: Button and Coulthard in the dirt test

Test drive in a RallyCross car
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V on the Formula 1 glamor world in Spa-Francorchamps into the mud pit of Lydden Hill - as a Formula 1 driver you have to be flexible these days. The current McLaren driver Jenson Button and his ex-McLaren colleague David Coulthard had the opportunity to do a little RallyCross test drive between the two Formula 1 races in Belgium and Italy.

Jenson Button on the His father’s rallycross traces

For Button, this began a journey into the past: his father John, who died in early 2014, used to be a star of the British rallycross scene. At the meeting in Lydden Hill, Button Junior was initially allowed to drive a 1974 VW Beetle, which was very similar to his father's from back then. Then it went into a modern Mini RX with around 500 hp.

'That was a great experience and very different from what I normally do,' the Englishman grinned enthusiastically after the test drive. 'You need a lot of skill to master these cars. When you drive on the track alone, it's a little scary - but when you have to compete against 4 or 5 other drivers at the same time!'

The 2009 world champion fondly thinks back to the old heyday of rallycross sport: 'I grew up with rallycross. I always watched my father in the mid-80s and I still love to hear the cars. I wouldn't be a formula 1 champion if it hadn't been for my father and RallyCross. That's when I got infected with the racing virus. '

David Coulthard, who first met a RallyCross at the Race of Champions last year -Monster had made, signed the praise for the racing series and its actors: 'That is very demanding. The drivers have to cope with a constantly changing mix of asphalt and gravel. You have to adapt to each lap. I have the hey The greatest respect for them because there are so many variables. '

In our gallery we have some impressions from the dirt test of the other kind.


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