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An 18-year-old F1 driver drove his €2.7 million race car down a ski slope

Max Verstappen’s latest stunt puts the ice around Ireland into perspective.

Source: YouTube/VerstappenNL

MAX VERSTAPPEN IS the 18-year-old who finished 12th this past year in his first season in Formula 1.

Verstappen drives for Team Scuderia Toro Rosso, which is owned by Red Bull. It is through that relationship with Red Bull they set up one of the crazier stunts you will ever see performed with a car that costs about €2.7 million to build.

Red Bull had Verstappen drive his car on a ski slope.

To get the car to the top of the mountain, it was airlifted with helicopter.

Source: YouTube/VerstappenNL

The only obvious adjustment to the car appears to be the use of special tires with metal studs…

Source: YouTube/VerstappenNL

And chains on the tires.

Source: YouTube/VerstappenNL

It’s not clear how steep this cliff is, but it looks like something you would not want to slip off of in a car.

Source: YouTube/VerstappenNL

Fans lined the side of the course, which makes them arguably braver than Verstappen.

Verstappen did note after the run that performing the two “drifts” was one of his favorite parts of this stunt.

It is unclear how fast Verstappen was going, but it wasn’t slow.

“We can’t go much faster than this,” Verstappen said after the run. “Because it starts to be a bit too much bumpy.”

Verstappen added that the car was moving around a bit as he was on the course, motioning with his hands that the car was sliding side-to-side.

After going down the course, he turned around and went back up and that’s when he appeared to really let loose.

You can see the full run from Verstappen’s onboard camera here:

Source: VerstappenNL/YouTube

- Cork Gaines, Business Insider

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