WATCH: Márquez takes on Red Bull Ring on both two and four wheels

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Marc Márquez races around the track in both an F1 car and on a MotoGP bike.

Marc Márquez will know the Red Bull Ring like the back of his hand this weekend having had the unique experience of speeding around it in both an F1 car and on his more familiar MotoGP machine.

The Spanish four-time World Champion is looking to extend his lead in the 2018 standings this weekend in Spielberg having won five races already this season and having a lead of 49 points over closest rival Valentino Rossi.

Earlier this season, Márquez switched from two wheels to four for a new experience on the track. Here is all you need to know:

–  In June, along with teammate Dani Pedrosa and motocross legend Tony Cairoli, Márquez strapped into a Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car for some laps of the Red Bull Ring.

–  When comparing lap times, Márquez finished almost nine seconds quicker in the F1 car than on the bike.

–  He said: “It was an unbelievable experience, and an absolute highlight of my career. There is a massive difference to MotoGP. The limited visibility was a great challenge, in particular, to begin with. You feel a lot more constricted in the cockpit. The braking distances and timing in turns is completely different. A Formula 1 car has much more downforce, of course, which made for a lot of fun in the part of the circuit with the most turns, in particular.”

–  The Repsol Honda rider currently leads the 2018 standings with five wins from the first ten races.

–  In 2017, Mârquez qualified in pole position at the race in a time of 1.23.235.

–  At the 2018 F1 race, Valtteri Bottas qualified in pole position with a time of 1.03.130.


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