Lately, the Formula One team of Red Bull has taken a pit stop to a next level by their performance on task in the weightless conditions of Zero-G in the skies above Russia.
On last Sunday i.e. 17th of November, their own world record was broken for a pit stop with a time of 1.82s for the change of Max Verstappen’s tires at the Brazilian Grand Prix, however, this space-age challenge was inclusive of using a cosmonaut training aircraft; Ilyushin Il-76 MDK at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre that is located in the Star City.
A crash course was taken by the sixteen pit crew members in cosmonaut training during preparation for several Zero-G flights in the fuselage of the aircraft in addition to the a 10-strong film crew and 2005 RB1 F1 car.
Every flight had a series of parabolas, with the aircraft that climbed at a degree of 45-degree, before falling in a ballistic arc, for the production of a period of close weightlessness of almost 22s prior to the next climb.
The Formula 1 car, as well as, the equipment had to be secured carefully prior to, as well as, after every weightless period since no one would want the gravity to return when a 400-kilogram car, the tires or the pit team are a meter or almost a meter off the deck.
Every filming take was nearly 15s and had provided the most technically, as well as, physically demanding activity live ever undertaken by the demo team.
To put their bodies through the pressures of Zero-G for sure left the pit crew with an entire new level of respect for their newfound cosmonaut associates.
On 1st December, The Red Bull team is going to perform further down-to-earth maneuvers at the final race of the season in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.