Axl Rose goes viral after attending the Las Vegas Grand Prix, hanging about with Red Bull Racing and Robert Trujillo, and giving a rare interview

Axl Rose on the grid with Christian Horner
Axl Rose with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner (Image credit: Anadolu)

The rich and famous gathered for last weekend's inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix in Las Vegas, with musicians like Axl Rose, Rod Stewart, U2, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Journey joining red carpet regulars like LeBron James, Brad Pitt, Shaquille O'Neal, Rihanna, Heidi Klum, Gordon Ramsey, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and Mickey Rourke to watch the 192-mile race.

It appears that Guns N' Roses frontman Rose had busy schedule, not only being pictured with Red Bull Team Principal and star of the Netlfix series Formula 1: Drive to Survive Christian "Mr Ginger Spice" Horner, but hanging around the pit lane with Metallica's Robert Trujillo and being interviewed by the likes of Sky Sports and Swedish video streaming company Visplay.

In the Visplay interview, reporter Mervi Kallio asks Axl about his friendship with Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen, whom Axl thanked in the sleeve notes for Guns N' Roses' 2008 album Chinese Democracy

"I've been a fan of his for a while," says Axl. "I always watched him back in the day, and we get along really well."

In a 2009 interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Räikkönen claimed he didn't know why he was thanked on the album, but did confirm the pair's friendship.

"We do know each other very well, we have met several times through the years," said Räikkönen. "The first time we met was years ago, at one of the F1 races I competed in. Afterwards, he came to Finland once and we met again."

The Las Vegas Grand Prix was won by Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Red Bull's Sergio Pérez filling the podium positions. Räikkönen retired from Formula 1 in 2021. 

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.