Christian Horner has explained the work that has gone on behind the scenes at Red Bull to make their pit crew one of the most successful in the sport.
The team's mechanics are known for their rapid and efficient pit stops, a skill highlighted by the fact that they performed the fastest pit stop at all but two races during the 2020 F1 season. This impressive feat is arguably the British outfit's secret weapon when it comes to being ahead of the competition and team principal Horner admits that the crew have worked incredibly hard to achieve this.
"It is the ultimate moment of teamwork," Horner explained during the An Evening With Red Bull event. "It's a choreography with the mechanics, and the driver's got to do his bit by stopping correctly on the mark.
"It's all about the practice, the preparation, the tools that are used. It's all about incremental and marginal gains, so the amount of time and practice that goes in behind the scenes here in the factory is phenomenal. There's a real pride to want to be on the list, to be on the race team, to be on the pit crew, and I think that shows.
"Within a race, strategically, you know if you're going to bank a circa two seconds stop it just buys you options, and I think that's where the team has been phenomenally strong over the last few years."
Max Verstappen admits that having such a strong pit crew is reassuring as a driver.
"It gives you a lot of trust coming into the pits, knowing that 99 percent of the time you know it's going to be an amazing stop," the Dutch driver said. "And especially when you're racing someone, we might have a chance to do it in the pits, so it's always very nice and you can feel it when it's a great pit stop. That's the nice thing about it."