Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin go Bond-crazy for GP number 1,007
After a fortnight’s break since the jam-packed Austrian Grand Prix, the Formula One circus returns to the home of the British Grand Prix this weekend at the Silverstone circuit. This year, the British Grand Prix marks the 1,007th F1 Grand Prix and Red Bull is seemingly still overly excited after its win last time out.
In fact, to celebrate the odd-numbered milestone, the team has taken inspiration from its collaboration with Aston Martin with a number of hints to the James Bond franchise. The British brand has always been associated with James Bond, or to use his codename, 007.
The two Red Bull Racing F1 cars will be carrying special liveries this weekend throwing back to two very special Aston Martins that have featured in the films. Max Verstappen’s RB15 will run the numberplate associated with the iconic DB5 that stared in Goldfinger in 1964. Pierre Gasly’s car will run the Aston Martin V8’s numberplate that featured in The Living Daylights in 1987.
As well as the numberplates that will be placed on the rear wings of the two RB15 racers, the cars will also be covered in 007 logos. The Red Bull garage will also get a new lick of paint for this race featuring graphics inspired by Q’s MI6 lab.
It’s not just the odd sticker that will celebrate James Bond’s history. In fact, the Grand Prix organisers have also set up a couple of fun activities for ticketholders around the track. The Pirelli Hot Laps sessions will give VIPs the chance to see one of the fifty special edition DBS Superleggeras built to commemorate the the 50th anniversary of the DBS that stared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Finally, the world-famous Bond In Motion exhibition has been partially moved from its home at the London Film Museum to Silverstone. In fact, fans walking around the Fan Zone will be able to take a closer look at some of the most iconic cars in British film including the V8 Vantage that will appear in the upcoming Bond 25.