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Red Bull's 'other' German Grand Prix 31 Jul 2006

Red Bull's 'Kleiner Preis von Hockenheim' karting event. Image shows Felix Baumgartner and Vitantonio Liuzzi in action. July 29, 2006. © GEPA pictures Red Bull's 'Kleiner Preis von Hockenheim' karting event. Image shows test driver Neel Jani, test driver Robert Doornbos and Scott Speed. July 29, 2006. ©  GEPA pictures/ Red Bull's 'Kleiner Preis von Hockenheim' karting event. Image shows Felix Baumgartner giving an interview to MTV's Patrice Bouedibela. July 29, 2006. © GEPA pictures Red Bull 'Kleiner Preis von Hockenheim' karting event. Image shows test driver Robert Doornbos, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed. July 29, 2006. © GEPA pictures Red Bull 'Kleiner Preis von Hockenheim' karting event. Image shows Nova Meierhenrich and Christian Klien. July 29, 2006. © GEPA pictures

The Red Bull teams were involved in two races this weekend - the German Grand Prix, and their own special annual karting event at a nearby track. The former is an institution and the latter - affectionately known as the ‘Kleiner Preis von Hockenheim’ (the not-so-grand prix of Hockenheim) - is rapidly becoming one.

Red Bull invited the chic and cool to test themselves against the company’s Formula One driver line-up and surprisingly the professional racers did not win hands down. Robert Dornboos missed the cut for the final leg of the competition and Christian Klien, after looking sure of the trophy for most of the final, was beaten in the last moment by one Felix Baumgartner, a man who has devoted his life to extreme sports such as base jumping.

But, of course, racing is not the core purpose of the event - that is to have fun. The setting resembled a miniature version of the Formula One paddock and even featured its own cut-down Energy Station, Red Bull’s famous hospitality centre. Just like the real thing, it boasted a dance floor, DJs spinning the record decks and cocktails flowing from its many bars. Even the famous Formula Unas - the ten gorgeous young ladies recruited by Red Bull in every Grand Prix country - were on hand to chat and dance the night away with lucky guests.