F1 drivers hit the rapids

Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom

MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 07: Charles Hamelin, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing, Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sebastien Toutant take part in a rafting session in the Lachine Rapids on the Saint Lawrence River at Montreal Rafting during previews to the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on June 7, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso racers take to white water rafting in Montreal.

Drivers at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix will hit top speeds in excess of 300kph but for the drivers of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, they have fine tuned their preparations with rapids of another kind.

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz all took to white water rafts on the mighty St Lawrence River ahead of the race weekend.

Guided by two residents of the city: four-time Olympic medal-winning speed skater Charles Hamelin as well as Sebastien Toutant, a Winter X-Games gold medallist, the racing quartet managed to steer clear of danger for the most part.

For Verstappen, it was a complete first. The Dutchman explained: “I’ve seeen it on TV but I’ve never thought about it really and you don’t know how stable the boat is until you hit the first one but wow! Great fun.”

MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 07: Charles Hamelin, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing, Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sebastien Toutant take part in a rafting session in the Lachine Rapids on the Saint Lawrence River at Montreal Rafting during previews to the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on June 7, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, teammate and fellow novice Ricciardo added: “It was fun, all of us in this cool, inflatable boat, going through some rapids. I’ve never expereienced that and I loved it. I’m not the most comfortable person on water but I felt safe out there and, yeah, I would happily do it again.”

MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 07: Charles Hamelin, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing, Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sebastien Toutant take part in a rafting session in the Lachine Rapids on the Saint Lawrence River at Montreal Rafting during previews to the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on June 7, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

And while they may have got a little wet, it looks likely to be their last soaking of the weekend, with the forecast for an often rain-hampered race – and one of the best on the calendar – looking decidedly dry at present.

The group started their voyage on water at LaSalle, running through the LaChine rapids before coming to rest just shy of Ile Notre-Dame and the venue of this weekend’s race, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

 

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