Throughout the 2023 F1 season, Red Bull consistently outperformed its competitors in pitstops, surpassing the likes of Ferrari and McLaren in the overall standings. This achievement culminated in their sixth consecutive triumph, prompting the team to embark on the unprecedented challenge of executing a pitstop in pitch-black surroundings.
The complexity of the task became apparent as the twenty-two-member pit crew, after undergoing three practice sessions wearing blindfolds, found themselves immersed in complete darkness within a specially prepared facility. Adding to the challenge, the crew’s helmet visors were blacked out. Notably, while the tire change crew operated without the aid of vision, the front and rear jack operators, along with the driver, utilized night vision devices provided by the military.
Red Bull Sporting Manager Jonathan Wheatley Reflects on the Daring Stunt
Speaking about the audacious PR stunt, Jonathan Wheatley, Red Bull’s sporting manager, emphasized the significance of sight in the pitstop process, stating, “The sense of sight, being able to see the car, your teammates, and what you are doing is intrinsic to a successful pitstop, so having that taken away presented some serious hurdles.”
Red Bull’s Continued Dominance on the Horizon
With Red Bull’s on-track supremacy since 2022, there is a strong likelihood that their dominance in the pinnacle of motor racing will extend until the conclusion of 2025. Max Verstappen’s stellar performances have elevated the Red Bull F1 team to unprecedented heights, and the team’s management is keen on leveraging this success. Under the current regulatory framework, Red Bull stands as the leading contender, with the potential to maintain its position until 2025.
Having consistently outpaced rivals in recent years and securing world championships with ease, Red Bull appears poised for another stellar campaign in the upcoming 2024 F1 season, building upon the strides made during the previous racing year.