In photos: Red Bull pair try American football
20 October 2017 – As part of the promotional build-up to the United States Grand Prix, Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen visited Del Valle High School, home of the Cardinals.
In the 7500-seater stadium, 10 minutes from the Circuit of the Americas, the duo were put through their paces in a two-hour session, practicing high kicks, field goal attempts, evasion drills, throwing and receiving.
"It was very cool. I love ball sports and it's always good to try something new," said Ricciardo.
"I really liked the camaraderie. It's great how sports here are such a big part of education. Actually, I got a bit too excited and I've lost my voice – lots of screaming and shouting – but a really great experience.
"I think I did OK! I think my catching was OK, the kicking and throwing… well, my catching was OK. I think they were being easy on me: they're 16 or 17 years old and twice my size!"
Verstappen added: "It's a first for me – in Holland we're more famous for soccer – but it was a cool experience, and interesting to play with an egg-shaped ball.
"There was a real feeling of team spirit, and that's always good. It's very different to what we do in F1 – but like us they have to work together to get a result and that's no different."