Max Verstappen recently sat down with Mobil1 The Grid to discuss the workings of the Red Bull team back at their Milton Keynes factory in England
Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are of course the stars central to Red Bull’s on track results, such as Ricciardo’s win in Baku this year. But behind the two drivers is an army of mechanics, engineers, designers and a load of other members of the Red Bull team who work tirelessly back at the factory in Milton Keynes.
Previously occupied by the Stewart and Jaguar teams, the factory has expanded massively since Red Bull took over from Jaguar in 2005 and for Verstappen, there are some interesting connections to the past at the team.
“The funny thing here as well here is that there are quite a few people here who had worked for my dad when he was racing for the previous team so it is good to have those people around and telling stories about my dad.”
Since the takeover from Jaguar, the factory has seen massive updates and now boasts many state of the art features, not least its wind tunnel and simulator. The 800-odd employees have all contributed to the four constructors titles the team have won, as well as the four drivers titles that Sebastian Vettel took before he left the team for Ferrari. The current win tally is 53, and looks set to rise as the team’s fortunes in 2017 steadily improve after a sluggish start. Each department works around the clock to ensure the cars are sent to the track in the best state possible and to help improve the team’s competitiveness.
“You have a lot of different compartments here in Red Bull, you have the suspension side, the chassis side. Making all the carbon bits, the gearbox for example. Then you have the engineers running the car on track and the aero guys in the wind tunnel.”
Verstappen’s level of knowledge and engineer prowess at such a young age is very impressive, and it ensures that he can help give the team the best result possible on the track and repay them all for the hard work that is put in back at home in Milton Keynes.
To get everyone working together is crucial and Red Bull have got it down to a T. This will surely help them climb further up the pecking order in the second half of the 2017 F1 season, and you can be sure both Verstappen and Ricciardo will repay the team with the best results possible.