Aston Martin Red Bull Racing held a pit stop at an altitude of more than 10 kilometersNovember 22, 2019
The team managed to set a world record for the Formula 1 pit stop during the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend. Now they decided that replacing a set of tires on the track is boring, so they changed them in an Il-76 training cosmonaut.
The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team decided to make a pit stop, replacing a set of tires on a 2005 RB1 car at an altitude of almost 33 thousand feet using an Il-76 training cosmonaut.
The purpose of the experiment was to try to make a pit stop of the car during the 22 seconds of weightlessness received during the fall of the aircraft along a ballistic arc.
Each of the 16 crew members had to undergo an accelerated pilot training course, which includes several Zero-G flights next to an F1 car and a crew of 10 employees. To maintain safety, the car and all equipment were carefully secured.
This is not the first time Red Bull has carried out truly unusual stunts on Formula 1 cars. For example, they previously carried out projects on the territory from the Himalayas to the shores of the Dead Sea, driving through snow, ice and desert.
Support group coordinator Mark Willis shared his impressions. He said that during congestion it seemed to him that his head would soon explode. The crew needed to run several runs to fully understand what was happening, because it was hard enough to navigate. Mark Willis took part in many projects, but admitted that this was the strangest of those that they committed.
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