Priestley: ‘Red Bull was the first team to use lasers’


Marc Priestley has learned about Red Bull Racing’s lightning-fast pit stop in Russia and delivers interesting details. The former McLaren man, who himself has gained enough experience in performing pit stops at the British racing team, speaks of a clever example of technique, which Red Bull came up with first.

“They are the leaders in the pit stop classification,” reports the Briton when one of his viewers points out the excellent stop that was made at Max Verstappen’s car. ‘There are some things that contribute to the quick pit stops. They practice a lot, but so does the rest. The amount you practice and the way you practice also makes a difference.

Although the current pit stop material may not be further developed, until this year there was room for the teams to make their own ideas: ‘They can adapt the design of the pit stop guns and screws. The shape of the gun, what parts it contains and how the bolts are received by the gun. You can already make a lot of difference in terms of material. ‘

Red Bull introduces lasers

Priestley reveals an interesting detail about the Austrian racing stable’s pit stop method: ‘Red Bull was the first team to use lasers suspended above the car. Two lasers are fired at each corner of the car. At the height where these two lasers touch each other, the pit gun must be held to turn the wheel off. ‘

‘So before the car arrives, the pit stop crew already has the material at exactly the right height. Those kinds of details do make a difference. Apparently Red Bull has all this perfectly for each other nowadays, ‘he concludes. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)

Priestley over Red Bull-pitstops

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