F1 Making Of: Red Bull RB7 Flat Out in New Jersey - SHAKEDOWN


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LEO PARENTE: That was a Red Bull RB7 2011
championship-winning Formula One car challenging the
normalcy of midday traffic on the city streets of Weehawken
and West New York, New Jersey.
So what the hell was that all about?
Well, let me tell you a story.
In late 2011, word got out that New York City and New
Jersey were going to have a GP race.
All the way back to 1983, there were pronouncements of
open-wheel races coming to New York.
So when Leo Hindery, a very politically-wired New York
business guy and racing aficionado, announced he had a
deal, I still said to myself, yeah, we've
heard all this before.
Now cut to June, 2012.
Infiniti and Red Bull invite us to the official New Jersey
Grand Prix press conference in Weehawken, across the river
from my New York City, to announce the F1 race and to
show us the construction of the pit garages.
We came to get interviews and video all the action.
David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel were on hand giving
ride-alongs in their Infiniti G37 IPL performance cars.
New Jersey state and city officials were on hand.
The cops were there acting like everything was under
control until we jumped into the Infiniti with Coulthard
for our police-escorted hot lap.
And that's when it became apparent New Jersey was not up
to speed on F1.
The streets were not shut down, regular
traffic was not diverted.
The escorted laps were more like scenes
from Ronin, the movie.
As we cut through traffic, jumped red lights behind the
cop car at 80 to 100 miles an hour.
One officer had to swerve to avoid T-Bone
crashing into a Camry.
We can't show you the video because, mysteriously, all the
in-car video footage went missing.
The one piece of footage that we did sneak out of New Jersey
was Seb doing his unauthorized doughnut.

Watch this cop's reaction.
POLICE OFFICER: That's beyond dangerous.
That's reckless.
LEO PARENTE: But all that gets us to today and our latest
chapter on the New Jersey F1 story.
12 hours ago, Mike Spinelli gets an email about something
Red Bull happening in Weehawken the next day.
Show up at a certain New Jersey fire station at 10:00
AM to learn more, it says.
Spin kind of blows it off.
J.F., who lives in New Jersey, remembers hearing about the
Lincoln Tunnel being closed for filming.
No further details.
Holy [BLEEP].
We're real journalists figuring out a story.
So a 10-minute, New York City to Weehawken ferry ride later,
we arrive at said firehouse location to find two RB7 Red
Bull GP cars, a race crew of 10 people, Renault engine
techies, and 30 Red Bull Media House videographers.
And it was obvious.
Red Bull the racing team was serious stuff.
So doing my thing, I started chatting up the crew guy that
looked the most plugged in.
Turns out I guessed right.
He was Tony Burrows, the head of the team
here to run the cars.
But this was no simple promo team.
Burrows and the labs are the support team
to the F1 race team.
I'll let him explain exactly what that means.
TONY BURROWS: OK, this is a support team.
Our primary function is to support the racing.
So what we do most of the year round is we either travel to
races to support them or we go and do development tests in
aero-testing in Spain, is our main function.
We do a lot of that.
As you know, Adrian likes his aerodynamics.
And we're always trying to improve the car and trying to
find them few tenths to get the jump on people.
So that is our primary function.
With the restriction in testing that they have now, we
find ourselves with a bit more time on our hands.
So what we do is we take one of our championship-winning
cars around the world, running it up and down highways and
main roads, and just try and bring some awareness of
Formula One.
These are our RB7 cars we have here.
We have the Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber's cars.
We always bring two, because you've got to take enough
spares, so you might as well build it up into a car.
And we can always react quickly
if we have any problems.
So that's why we bring two cars.
We arrived last week, just before the weekend.
We've been preparing the car.
Our first run we did was on Monday where we went to
Liberty Park.
And we drove up Freedom Road and along the boardwalk, and
got some spectacular shots of the Manhattan skyline in the
background and the Statue of Liberty.
So that was our first shot on the first day.
On the second day, we went back and did some more along
Freedom Road, some of the shots that we'd missed.
And then we decamped and went down to the Lincoln Tunnel
last night.
At about two o'clock this morning, we were running
backwards and forwards through the tunnel.
It looks fantastic in the dark under those lights.
The car looked wonderful.
So our first couple of runs with me in a camera car,
directing what I want David to do--
and then the second and third runs were just him flat out.
So it was really cool.
LEO PARENTE: And Red Bull Media House are equally
buttoned up at hot stuff.
You know them from The Art of FLIGHT and the Austin F1
cow-punching promo videos they did, among other work like
taking on WRC promo videography.
So all the right players were here and ready--
the Red Bull team, David Coulthard to drive the car,
the camera crew, New Jersey cops, the city politicians.
Surprisingly not here was anyone from the
race promoter group.
For now, here's the car [INAUDIBLE] we caught as Red
Bull Media House shot their promotional video, which will
be online in a week or so and David Coulthard did
his race car thing.
[SOUND OF ENGINE]
LEO PARENTE: By the way, Tony explained for an event like
this, the ride height goes up 1/2 to 3/4 inch, softer
springs go in the car, not to put as much strain on the
parts, and fans were installed in the
radiators to help air flow.
And David--
he said he just leaves himself a bit more margin driving, so
as to not auger the thing into a tree, a house, or the
Starbucks here in New Jersey.
And we couldn't shoot the car up close, because it really is
the real spec 2011 championship car.
And pieces like the exhaust are very much like the current
configuration.
Ferrari, McLaren, and Lotus--
they don't need any extra design help, thank you.
And then we had a few words with David Coulthard.
So, David Coulthard, we're here in New Jersey.
You're the only guy that's driven both US Grand Prix
tracks that are coming up in '13 and '14.
Tell me about this track as it compares to the
personality of Austin.
DAVID COULTHARD: Well, two completely different venues
and two great tracks, in my opinion.
The one in Austin-- it's a purpose built track out near
the airport, easy access to the city.
It's going to be really challenging for the drivers.
But it is a bespoke racecourse that we use 12
months of the year.
Here in New Jersey, you have a track which is going to be a
combination of Monte Carlo, Singapore, Valencia, the
street circuits we go to.
But what will make this unique is not just the great backdrop
of Manhattan, it's the fact that it will be 200 miles an
hour across the front street, which will make it the fastest
street circuit that we race in Formula One.
LEO PARENTE: Now, you just drove parts of this track.
Jack And even though it was a promotional run, you were
carrying a little pace.
Which parts of the track already caught your attention
from a racing driver?
DAVID COULTHARD: OK, well across the top section-- and
excuse me, I don't know the name of that street-- but the
natural curvature of the road actually adds an interesting
challenge for the driver.
They were talking initially about completely flattening
that area out.
But I think it adds personality to the track to
have this sort of big, wide open crest.
And I don't think it's an issue at all for the cars.
But when you drop down past the sewage works, or the water
treatment plant, that's incredibly fast over a brow
into a really long, sweeping right handle and then brings
you onto this front section.
And that's where it's all going to be flat
out and wide open.
And I think the tracking shots for when we come here for the
race will just look incredible.
The fans are going to have a great view.
Those who have got apartments and houses along the race
course, they get a free view.
LEO PARENTE: 19 turns, hairpins, high speed--
passing zones already figured out in your mind?
DAVID COULTHARD: Yeah, absolutely.
And the top section, before you do the 90 right down the
hill, great overtaking zone, likewise before you come onto
this front section, and then down into the pits complex
here which they're still working on.
I think it will give three really good overtaking spots.
For Formula One, that's already more than a lot of the
tracks have got.

LEO PARENTE: What do fans in the US-- what do people in the
US need to know to want to come to this race?
DAVID COULTHARD: Well, Red Bull wouldn't be doing this if
they didn't think that it was going to be something that was
going to be popular with the public.
You don't need to know anything about Formula One.
If you like cars, if you like speed, if you're intrigued to
know what makes Formula One the fastest form of
closed-circuit racing in the world--
that's a fact.
We're not just sort of doing that as PR.
These are the fastest cars around the racetrack and of
this type of nature.
And the technology is the technology of tomorrow that
you'll have in your road cars.
Carbon fiber was first developed for Formula One.
Traction control, turbocharged engines-- all of those things
came because of Formula One racing.
LEO PARENTE: You're an announcer with the BBC.
So without trading your trade secrets, what's the current
vibe in news in the F1 pits and paddock?
Is it all about drivers?
Is it all about Mercedes?
Is it all about new venues like this?
What's carrying their attention right now?
DAVID COULTHARD: I think, actually, we're getting an
overdose right now in Formula One of excitement.
Because we're having an absolute golden era in terms
of the drivers battling for the championship.
Red Bull have dominated the last couple of years.
But it's a real battle this year for them with Ferrari,
with McLaren--
Lotus are right there looking like they can get a win as
well, Mercedes, of course, have won a Grand Prix.
So we've got some great drivers and a very competitive
series of Formula One.
The future is about new technologies, as I mentioned.
They're going to go to turbocharged, turbocharged
engines-- sorry, my Scottish speech impediment--
in 2014.
And again, that's all about trying to eke the maximum
horsepower out of the smallest engines possible, doing the
bit for the environment by making
them more fuel efficient.
LEO PARENTE: Now, I'll go on record and pick.
I want to watch Alonso for the rest of the
race, battle Vettel.
Do you have any favorites as this season winds down?
Things to look for?
DAVID COULTHARD: Yeah, I think that it's fair to say that
it's very difficult for me not to feel passionate about Red
Bull, because I've been part of the journey
right from the beginning.
But when I stay up in the commentary booth, I just talk
about what I see.
And there's no question for me that Raikkonen or Grosjean--
but for me, probably more likely Raikkonen and Lotus is
going to get a win very soon.
He's just looking stronger and stronger.
And you just need to look how disappointed he was to finish
second in the last race in Budapest to see that he's
really hot for it.
Alonso's been incredible.
You've got to say that he's a benchmark in Formula One.
That doesn't take anything away from Sebastian or Lewis
or any of those guys.
But Alonso has used all his experience to put himself
leading the championship at a time when he doesn't
have the best car.
So there's a lot of good stories out there.
And we're just past the halfway point in the season.
And this is going to be a development battle.
It's not just about the drivers.
It's about teamwork.
LEO PARENTE: Last question.
You're racing DTM--
third year.
Do you want to come back here and race?
DAVID COULTHARD: I would love to come back here and race.
But I think my time in Formula One is well and truly over.
But I don't suppose DTM will be coming here soon.
But maybe there'll be some other form of support race
that I can get involved in.
LEO PARENTE: So where are we here with all this?
Well, without sounding like Motor Trend, with their PR
heavy opinions, the Red Bull video is going to be mega.
And thanks for the insider invite to document the making
of the piece.
But why is this video being done in the first place?
Well, yeah, to promote the race.
But for the record, there is no race until it shows up in
the official F1 calendar.
And Hindery, if you recall, already got called out by
Bernie Ecclestone for suggesting this
race is a done deal.
How dare you do that?
That's my job, says Bernie.
But that also may be just Bernie negotiating, saying not
so fast, and where's my check?
Yet, Hindery's people told me the money's all in place.
Yeah, but didn't Danny Bahar from Lotus tell me the same
thing about Lotus in an earlier shakedown?
So maybe this video isn't a promo for the race but a pitch
video for the promoters to use to get the money for the race.
And is this race of 2013 happening or not?
Well, Coulthard suggested the roads
don't need to be repaved.
The promoters say everything will be repaved.
When that happens is a factor of East Coast winter.
And getting it done early enough for Pirelli and the
teams to laser scan the tracks for simulations and to analyze
the tarmac for grip.
If it doesn't happen soon enough, this
may be a 2014 race.
Bottom line-- we love the video Red Bull's
about to show us all.
We'll watch for the 2013 F1 schedule announcement.
We'll monitor the construction and paving.
We'll get ready for a June 2013 race.
Or we'll do this whole thing again one year later with a
video for the 2014 race.
So in that one-- since Ken Block raced a bridge in his
video, Coulthard raced the Lincoln Tunnel in this shoot--
for 2014, let's get Vettel to BASE jump off the Empire State
Building versus Mark Webber pit stop, to see who hits the
ground first, Seb or Webber's tires.