By Alex Kapadia
Proving that they can work in any situation, the Red Bull pit crew changed the tyres of Formula One racer Mark Webber’s car in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament.
Webber showed he had made a full recovery from last Sunday’s spectacular crash in Valencia by taking part in the early morning tyres-changing stunt.
As Big Ben struck 6am he roared up to the gates of the Houses of Parliament in his Red Bull Racing F1 car, where the Red Bull F1 pit crew were waiting to practice a full Formula 1 pit stop.
With a week to go until the British Grand Prix rolls into Silverstone, Webber and the full Red Bull pit team stunned onlookers and commuters on Parliament Square as they warmed up for next week’s championship showdown with a 3.2 second pit stop.
This year has seen the scrapping of refuelling during pit stops, allowing only for tyre changes during the race.
Excitable Webber said of the pit stop: “Obviously, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity – it’s not every day you get to see the sights of London from an F1 car.
“This year has once again thrown up some interesting rule changes so any practice the team can get is going to make a difference, no matter where it is.”
Jonathan Wheatley, Red Bull Racing Team Manager added: “As a team, we practice and perform pit stops in all sorts of conditions around the world but this has been a really unique experience, one I imagine won’t be repeated.
“We’ve only got a week to go before Silverstone so what better way to practice under pressure than outside the Houses of Parliament.”