2020 July 1

Drum the bull: Special Anthem heralds start to F1 Season at Spielberg

As a percussionist of international fame, Martin Grubinger has brought incredible sound to some extraordinary places and to the best-known concert halls of the world. The top musician is to break new ground just before the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship starts at the Red Bull Ring though – by plunging Spielberg into an open-air acoustic experience at a height of over 14 metres at the circuit’s steel bull. Together with numerous musicians with varied backgrounds – including American organist Cameron Carpenter, and a 150-person choir, a musical masterpiece has emerged called Drum the Bull. This will sound to celebrate the return of international motorsport in an extraordinary and typically Austrian style.

Red Bull Ring fleet to sound their engines

Sounding their engines to the beat of the anthem will also be numerous vehicles from the Red Bull Ring’s fleet, including Moto2 race bikes and a NASCAR. A gravelly V8 sound will also be provided by Patrick Friesacher with the Sauber C14 F1 car from Karl Wendlinger from 1995. The former Formula 1 driver says: “I was able to drive the 1995 Sauber of Karl Wendlinger. It’s an eight-cylinder engine that still sounds really good. I did a few donuts with the NASCAR at the Driving Center [training area at the Red Bull Ring]. When you put it together with the music, it’s something pretty special!” Also taking part in the perfect sound experience will be Matthias Walkner in a Dakar truck as well as a Lockheed P38 Lightning Warbird and a helicopter.

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The entire Drum the Bull work has been put into an eight-minute clip with images and audio by legendary director Fritz Melchert. The hymn can be found on the return of international motorsport on the Red Bull TV App and via www.redbull.com/drumthebull.

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