They may be stars on the track, but Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez showed off their skills on water when they visited SailGP earlier this month.
The Oracle Red Bull Racing drivers spent time with the United States team at the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez, being shown around the tech base, testing themselves on the grinding machines, and even driving the F50 out on the water.
Both SailGP and Oracle Red Bull Racing rely on the performance of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to provide them with data analysis that sharpens race strategies and helps the teams make more informed split-second decisions, and Verstappen and Perez also visited the Oracle Insights Center to take a deep dive into SailGP's data.
“I’ve had a pretty incredible experience," said Verstappen of his time in Saint-Tropez. "I’ve never done anything like it. We do a lot of really cool things at Red Bull and this is definitely one of them. SailGP is extremely professional, and the race boats are much bigger than expected, it was impressive to see the aerodynamics and the foils."
Added Perez: "To have that opportunity to experience a new sport today was incredible, it was something unique. We are doing some racing but not on the track – on the water. Like every sport when you see it from the outside it is so different when you actually jump into it. It is so impressive, I have a lot of admiration for what these guys do. I am very curious about it, how the team uses the data and of course the technology – it is great to learn about other sports."
You can watch the full video showcasing Verstappen and Perez's time with SailGP, above...