The team Red Bull de F1 I needed a new challenge after a season where achieved three pit stops in record time, the last one made in the past Brazilian GP with the arrest of the Dutch Max Verstappen en 1,82 seconds. And he found it at an altitude of almost 10.000 meters on board of the Ilyushin Il-76 MDK, a training plane for cosmonauts.
With the help of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Red Bull Racing brought a show-ready 1 RB2005 to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center en Star City and began to prove that the sky really is the only limit.
Over the course of a week, 16 team members took a crash course to make a tire change with zero gravity. They were joined by the filming group made up of 10 people.
Each flight consisted of a series of parabolas with the plane reaching an angle of 45 ° and then falling to produce a weightless period of about 22 seconds. For safety reasons the car and Red Bull staff had to be carefully insured before and after each zero-gravity period. In each maneuver they took shots of just 15 seconds to create a video that can be seen on the official RBR channel at UAF YouTube.
“My stomach was fine, but I felt like my head was going to explode. At first, he couldn't think clearly. My brain couldn't calculate what was happening. I have been involved in some special events, from hanging the car in Kitzbühel to testing in the salt flats of Argentina… We have been in strange places and done some strange things, but this was very rare. Although it is also the most special because there is simply nothing comparable "Said Mark Willis, team coordinator.
“It was a challenge to think and operate in a different way. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly I could have stayed and done it for a whole month. It was incredible ”, added Joe robinson, chief mechanic in the energy drink team's exhibition group.
It was certainly a creative way to raise the bar for Red Bull Racing that has taken cars everywhere from the Himalayas to the shores of the Dead Sea, driving through snow, ice and desert.