Sand sculpture masterclass for Webber and Vettel 26 Mar 2009
Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel made a detour to the beach as they journeyed to Melbournes Albert Park circuit on Thursday. Rather than taking a dip in the sea, however, Webber and Vettel took a stroll in St Kilda to check out a life-sized replica of the RB5, which had been sculpted from sand by local artist Steve Machell.
Machell, who refers to himself as sandologist, hails from the Australian citys arty area, Byron Bay, and spent a mammoth eight hours working on the sculpture. But while it looked realistic enough, neither Webber nor Vettel were that keen to get their feet dirty and jump into the cars cockpit.
Somehow it is strange if you ask someone what he wants to become later on in life and get the answer 'Sandologist, said Vettel. But the guy did a brilliant job. The car almost looks like our car - even in the details. The rear suspension looks just as the RB5. In only eight hours! I wish it would be possible to do the real thing in that time. It would take a lot of the headaches away!
When asked by the attending media if the sand car reflected the reliability of the real RB5, Webber jokily stated: Of course not! Or at least I hope not!