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Coulthard takes Red Bull F1 car to Mumbai streets, obliterates speed limit

Red Bull F1 to visit Mumbai!
Red Bull F1 to visit Mumbai!

This month’s award for questionable balls-to-brains ratio goes to former F1 driver, David Coulthard. Before a demonstration run of the Red Bull Renault in Mumbai, he told the Press Trust of India:

“Apparently there is a speed limit, but I don't intend to drive in India again. So instead I plan to go flat out..." (1) 

Coulthard proceeded to give a crowd estimated at 50,000 more high-octane action than a hunger strike could ever provide, hitting speeds of up to 162mph, or five times the speed limit on the new Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link. Following the run, Coulthard performed donuts and waved the Indian flag to the fans. 

Entertaining as the show must have been, the event organizers will now have to forfeit their $30,000 deposit and legal proceedings could be in the works as well. 

"I have asked my officers to submit a report on the event," stated Road Development Corporation MD Satish Gavai. "Action will be considered only after it is established that the vehicle went beyond permissible speed limits on the sea link." 

In his defense, Coulthard pointed out that the Red Bull Renault is not equipped with a speedometer, and thus, he wasn’t able to accurately discern how fast he was going. 

The team was promoting F1 in India, where the grand prix is scheduled to be held in 2011. It remains to be seen what sort of impact Coulthard’s badass showmanship will have on the sport's middle eastern popularity in the future. 

Sources:

(1) http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/091013135527.shtml



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