“Aston Martin Red Bull Racing needed a new challenge after three record-breaking pit stops this season,” reads the bumf. That challenge? To perform a pit stop in zero gravity. The old ‘can a Formula 1 car drive upside down?’ question has been thoroughly trumped.
Red Bull’s team are no strangers to a big ol’ stunt for video, of course, and this one took even more prep than usual. The kind of prep that involves decamping to a Russian space complex to start readying themselves for a pit stop on an actual 2005-vintage F1 car inside an actual Ilyushin Il-76 MDK plane at 33,000 actual feet.
“Over the course of a week, 16 pit crew members took a crash course in cosmonaut training in preparation for multiple Zero-G flights in the plane’s fuselage along with the F1 car and a ten-strong film crew,” aforementioned bumf continues.
The time limit applied to the pit stop was 20 seconds – a generous 18.18 seconds longer than Red Bull’s 1.82sec record set during the 2019 season – to allow for the slightly higher difficulty level.
But enough talking. Here's what you really want to see.
and while you're at it, check out the making as well..