Four-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa swapped their Repsol Honda bikes for four-wheels, taking a Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car for a few laps around the Red Bull Ring on Tuesday.
The two riders drove for a few hours ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix there later this season. Three-time F1 champion Niki Lauda, and eight-time grand prix winner Mark Webber were on hand for advice.
“It’s an incredible feeling to drive in this car, especially the downforce and the speed you are able to drive into the turns,” he said. “However, I’m starting to feel my neck already.”
Marquez — and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who also tested on Tuesday before it was announced he was leaving the Honda team — spent time on Red Bull’s simulator before getting into the car.
The duo join other riders who’ve gone for a spin on four wheels: Valentino Rossi tested with Ferrari and Jorge Lorenzo with Mercedes, while Fernando Alonso went the other direction to test Marquez’s 2015 bike.