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How Low Can You Go?

The race team are back in the UK for a quick turnaround in between the grands prix of China and Russia but our Live Demo crew march to the beat of a different drum and, fresh from their storm-battered debut in Oman, have continued their tour of the Middle East, stopping this time in beautiful Jordan on the banks of the Dead Sea.

In 2011 the boys and girls of the show car team tackled Kardung La in the Himalayas, at 5359m reputed to be the world's highest driveable mountain pass. Now, with a truly shocking lack of imagination, they've conquered the world's lowest road, taking a brace of double championship-winning RB7s 420m below sea level.

Pierre Gasly had the duty today, putting the RB7 through its full range of donuts, burnouts and speed runs, thrilling the 7000 spectators on Hotels Street and, utterly destroying the tranquil serenity usually enjoyed by this cluster of five-star hotels at the southern end of the Jordan Valley.

 


"It was awesome!" said a very bouncy Pierre. "It's wonderful to drive the F1 car anyway but when you can feel that people are really enjoying seeing it, you enjoy driving it even more. Conditions were a bit tricky because the track was quite dusty – but that's what we like. Everyone was cheering, lovely day."

Interwoven with Pierre's three runs, the Live Demo crew also had stunt rider Rok Bagorus on hand to perform marvels for the crowd on his KTM, and Red Bull althete and Jordanian basketball star Rubi Habash. The Royal Jordanian Falcons aerobatic display team were in the sky and musical accompaniment was performed by a bagpipe-wielding marching band in Bedouin costume – causing some members of the team to suggest we had the wrong driver in the car and a certain saltire-helmeted Scotsman might have been more appropriate.

But Pierre it was, who now has a complicated travel week that ends in Sochi but involves a trip to Milton Keynes and the simulator first. The Live Demo crew are coming home for a pitstop but will be on the road again soon. Pierre wants to do a run in Antarctica or Alaska. They're not on the schedule (yet) – but some of the places that are will knock your socks off. Watch this space.

Photography by Naim Chidiac