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Ben Stokes among England cricketers invited to Red Bull garage at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

From one set of champions to another! Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone among England cricketers invited to Red Bull garage at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the team secure their first front row lock-out since 2018 in qualifying

  • Several England cricketers were invited to Red Bull’s garage in Abu Dhabi today
  • Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone and Ollie Pope were among those involved
  • The collaboration comes days after England were crown World T20 champions
  • Red Bull secured a one-two in qualifying for the final Grand Prix of the season 

Red Bull invited England’s cricketers into their garage at the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ahead of qualifying for the final race of the F1 season in the United Arab Emirates.

It was a meeting of world champions with England’s T20 World Cup winners from last weekend in Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone part of a group of players that also included Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Keaton Jennings and Ben Duckett at the Yas Marina Circuit.

They were welcomed by Christian Horner and drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in the pit lane and given a tour of the garage. 

Several England cricketers were invited to Red Bull's garage at of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Several England cricketers were invited to Red Bull’s garage at of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Test captain Ben Stokes (left) was among those present just days after winning the World Cup

Test captain Ben Stokes (left) was among those present just days after winning the World Cup

Red Bull have already secured the F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships this season, with Verstappen sealing the title in Japan last month, while Perez is in a battle for 2nd place with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with both drivers level on points going into Sunday’s finale.

Verstappen qualified on pole for the race, with Perez second, just four hundredths ahead of Leclerc, which earned Red Bull their first front row lock-out in qualifying since 2018.

The World Champions has pledged to help out his team-mate if needed following last week’s controversy in Brazil where he refused to let Perez past towards the end of the race. 

Players were given a tour of the garage and welcomed by team principal Christian Horner

(Left to right) Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes and Liam Livingstone were also invited

Players were given a tour of the garage and welcomed by team principal Christian Horner

Red Bull secured their first front row lock-out on the Grid since 2018 in qualifying on Saturday

Red Bull secured their first front row lock-out on the Grid since 2018 in qualifying on Saturday

Stokes, meanwhile, will lead England’s Test side on their tour to Pakistan and the majority of the England Test squad arrived in the UAE on Friday, where they will train and have a three-day match against the England Lions in Abu Dhabi, before travelling to Rawalpindi next weekend for their first Test match in Pakistan since 2005.

The One-Day squad suffered a second defeat in three days to Australia in the early hours of this morning, with Jos Buttler’s side falling to a 72-run defeat in Adelaide.

The final game of the three-match series, which England trail 2-0, is on Tuesday. 

England's men's T20 team lifted the World Cup in Australia as recently as Sunday morning

England’s men’s T20 team lifted the World Cup in Australia as recently as Sunday morning

Stokes shared a joke with World Champion Max Verstappen as they posed for photos

Stokes shared a joke with World Champion Max Verstappen as they posed for photos


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