Speed is everything in motorsports and the onus isn’t just on the race car drivers but also the pit crew, to be quick. Whether it’s shaving hundreds of a second from lap times or merely performing a quick refuel, every second can influence a team’s fortunes.
In Formula 1, teams scrutinise and optimise every aspect of their game, no matter how trivial, just to gain an advantage over their rivals and that constant push for perfection simply beggars the question – how much faster can they get?
As the Red Bull Racing team has shown this season, very. Off the track, at least.
The 2019 Formula 1 season may have been less than stellar for the team after chalking just three race victories but it was their pit crew’s heroics that stole the show.
The pit crew recorded three new pit stop records, one each at the Austrian GP, German GP and Brazilian GP, contributing to a win for Max Verstappen in the latter two races.
The team even took to the skies after their remarkable feat – performing a pit stop at an altitude of 33,000 feet on board a cosmonaut training plane. Talk about taking a bull by its horns!