Formula One: Fan to wave chequered flag in F1 first

German driver Nico Rosberg drives over the finish line in Bahrain on April 3, 2016.
German driver Nico Rosberg drives over the finish line in Bahrain on April 3, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

SPIELBERG, Austria (AFP) - A motor racing fan will wave the chequered flag at the end of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, believed to be a first in Formula One.

The fan will be the winner of a photo and video contest at the Red Bull Ring circuit.

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen backed the idea and said they felt that it was an honour to have a chance to wave the flag.

"It's awesome that a fan gets to finish the race for us in Austria," said Ricciardo.

"If I was a kid and I got the opportunity to do that, I'd be blown away."

Organisers on Thursday confirmed the plan, created through an initiative involving the promoters and the sport's ruling body, the FIA.

Celebrities, including football legend Pele, have been given the job before but never a fan.