Video: Hamilton takes an emotional trip down memory lane

Lewis Hamilton’s seven-year association with Mercedes has yielded 64 wins and five world titles, with more success yet to come for the winning combination.

In a video posted by the Silver Arrows squad on its Youtube channel, the six-time world champion reunites with his championship winning cars — including his Mercedes-powered McLaren MP4-23 — for a sentimental moment of reminiscence.

“It’s a trip down memory lane, isn’t it?” Hamilton says as he meanders among his cars.

“It’s just kind of crazy to think that so much time has gone by, so fast. I just remember doing the seat fit for my first season with Mercedes, and jeez we’re embarking on the eighth year together.

“You look at these old cars and there still so fresh, so new but technology continues to move each and every year, and it just never stops.

“There are so many happy memories, it just reminds of the best period of time in my life.”

Hamilton covers a lot of ground in his narration, touching on his “turbulent” second year in the sport, his ability to learn through “trial and error”, the relative notion of sacrifice, his ambition to help the sport become more diverse or his hope to one day see “a young powerful woman come through and blow the field away”.

It’s an emotional and honest chronicle from a man who has achieved so much yet still appears bewildered by the magnitude of his own success.

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McLaren Unboxed: a rollercoaster of emotions in Brazil

From Carlos Sainz’ phenomenal drive from dead last to third, to the uncertainty surrounding his podium spot following the stewards’ investigations, McLaren rode a rollercoaster of emotions in Brazil.

All’s well that ends well however for the Woking-based outfit which chronicled its race weekend with an ‘Unboxed’ vlog from Interlagos aptly called “Comeback King”.

As McLaren said, this one was for its fans!

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This Red Bull pit stop was like nothing on earth!

Last weekend in Brazil, with Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s crews performed another record-breaking pitstop. But what happens when the bulls are freed from the chains of gravity?

Never at a loss for out of the ordinary ideas, Red Bull recently took their team’s pitstop skills to a whole new level, or an altitude of 33,000 feet to be precise.

With the help of Russian space agency Roscosmos, the RBR’s crews took a 2005 RB1 on board an Ilyushin Il-76 MDK cosmonaut training plane to attempt the fastest possible pit stop in zero gravity conditions!

A few flights were necessary to get everyone accustomed to the Zero-G conditions, with each one consisting of a series of parabolas – with the aircraft climbing at a 45° angle, then falling in a ballistic arc at 45° – giving the pit crew a period of weightlessness lasting around 22 seconds before the next climb.

So a sub 20-second stop was basically the crews’ target.

The team also had a purpose-built set onboard the plane to host RB1, as Marcus Prosser – Red Bull’s head of brand and events – explained.

“We built quite a complex set, hiding all the rails for lights and the cameras. Space was at a premium and having a narrower car gave us a little bit more manoeuvrability within the fuselage,” he said.

Indeed, in addition to the bulls swapping tyres, there was also an entire production crew to accommodate.

Car and equipment had to be carefully secured before and after each weightless period, reducing each filming session to around 15 seconds, and producing the most technically demanding activity the live demo team have ever undertaken.

“I’ve been involved in some special events,” says support team coordinator Mark Willis.

“From slaloming the car in Kitzbühel, to the salt lakes of Argentina, we’ve been to some strange places and done some strange things.

“Ultimately this is the oddest – but also the most special because there’s simply nothing comparable.”

Check out the video of the bulls taking their skills to the next level!

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Video: Watch Red Bull secure amazing new pitstop record

There’s no slowing Max Verstappen, but the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s crews rival with their driver when it comes to being blindingly fast.

For the third time this season, the boys from Milton Keynes established a new world record on the pitlane, servicing Verstappen’s car in an amazing 1.82 seconds, lowering their own benchmark established at Hockenheim earlier this year by 0.06s!

The lightning fast, coordinated and flawless exercise was the team’s eighth DHL Fastest Pit Stop award for 2019, allowing Red Bull to wrap up the contest for the year, beating Williams, with one race to spare.

“As a team you always try and make everything perfect,” said Verstappen.

“I focus on my job, and the team also try to do a perfect job in the pits and on the strategy, and clearly today it worked out pretty perfectly.”

Check out the video of the Red Bull crew’s 1.82s prowess.

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