Motorsport-mad Buenos Aires gave Daniel Ricciardo and the show car team a rousing reception as the 2012 grand tour hit Argentina.
The streets of Buenos Aires are perhaps not an unlikely place to hear the Argentinian National Anthem but heads definitely turn when the ‘instrument’ being used to play it is a Renault RS27 Formula One engine.
Usually the RB7’s party piece – with a little help from our friends at Viry – is the La Marseillaise but the flexibility that saw it bag 18 pole positions, 12 grand prix victories and 10 fastest laps is more than capable of cobbling together a rendition Himno Nacional Argentino arranged for eight-cylinders and 32 pneumatic valves It got Sunday’s 50,000-strong crowd bouncing and very much in the mood for the demonstration that Daniel Riccardo put on shortly afterwards.
Daniel drove the 2011 Championship-winning car around a 700m track laid out in front of the Monumento de los Españoles in the district of Palermo. On loan from Toro Rosso for the week, he put the RB7 through the full routine of donuts, burnouts, acceleration and heavy braking up and down Del Libertador Avenue. It was loud enough to hear in Uruguay.
“That was pretty special,” said Dan afterwards, “Driving the F1 car on city streets always creates a great reaction wherever we go – but today it was just phenomenal. I think we put on a good show, everybody seemed very excited!”
It’s been four years since the Red Bull show car last visited the land of Fangio and Reutemann. The overwhelming message from Buenos Aires was ‘don’t leave it so long next time’.