Carlos Sainz, Franz Tost and Daniil Kvyat in Kitzbuhel

F1 in the mountains

January 23, 2017

If your team boss is Austrian, if one of the event patrons is your "big boss" Dietrich Mateschitz and if the Acting Race Director is some guy called Bernie Ecclestone, then there was only ever going to be one place to find Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat last weekend - Kitzbuhel.

On Saturday, the Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers swapped race suits for salopettes and headed for Austria's famous ski resort. Not only did they get to watch the fantastic and frightening Hahnenkahmm downhill ski race, but they and Franz Tost formed a team entered in the traditional KitzCharity Trophy, a fun event which for 20 years now has raised money to help support the mountain farming communities of Austria's Tyrol region.

Our trio were not the only skiers more used to the race track than the snowy pistes: Gerhard Berger, one of the patrons of the event also took part, as did Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

However, it was a case of "no dice" in terms of our team's performance on skis, because where you finished owed as much to luck as skill. Before tackling the course, you had to throw a dice and your times were multiplied by whatever number you threw. The Toro crew threw a five and therefore ended up towards the bottom of the results sheet, along with all the other teams that had thrown fives and sixes.

After having some fun and watching Italy's Dominic Paris win the Men's Downhill, it was time for Daniil and Carlos to dig into their suitcases once more and get changed for the evening's Gala party. After this entertaining day in the high mountains, both of them were looking forward to getting back to their intense pre-season physical fitness programme, with the first day of F1 winter testing now just over one month away.