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The Zero Gravity Pit Stop | Time for tea?

The Zero Gravity Pit Stop | Time for tea?”

Red Bull's mechanics completed what was officially Formula 1's fastest ever pit stop at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, changing Max Verstappen's tyres in a 1.82s blur.

Red Bull Racing take a pit stop to new levels, in the weightlessness of zero gravity, for the first time.

The former world champions took its 2005 F1 auto to an altitude of 33,000 feet on board an Ilyushin Il-76 MDK cosmonaut training plane, drawing on the help of Russian space agency Roscosmos.

So, with a 2005 RB1 racer in tow, an Aston Martin Red Bull Racing pit crew were packed off to Russian space agency Roscosmos to attempt to repeat their feat once more - with one slight twist.

Red Bull mechanic, Paul Knight, said the first parabola they did was quite odd. The sensation that followed reversed when they went over the top and into freefall. "They held us down to stop us floating away!"

"First flight, wow, I don't know if to laugh or cry", said Support Team coordinator Mark Willis. You realise how much you rely on gravity when you don't have any! Something as simple as tightening a wheel nut becomes very hard when the vehicle floats, and the only control you have is the stiffness of your ankles tucked away in floor belts.

He said it challenges one to think and operate in different ways. "It's an fantastic experience, like nothing you'd ever imagine". It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and he wanted to stay and do it for a longer time.

Each filming take was around 15 seconds and provided the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team has ever undertaken.

With the help of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, the crew endured a week of gruelling flights, with each flight consisting of a series of parabolas which is when the plane climbs at 45 degrees before falling again in a "ballistic arc" at the same angle.



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