Text by : Shane Leong, Photos by : Shane Leong
Big THANK YOU to Red Bull Singapore for the invitation to the awesome garage tour once again! This time, not being bogged by tests and exams, I finally get the opportunity to attend the tour with Neo. And yes, I was psyched.
The Meeting Point was a neat bar at the end of the Millenia Walk, Paulaner Bräuhaus. Before we pulled our cameras out, we were warmly received, seated down and offered all sorts of drinks from the bar by the Red Bull Team. Jäger Bombs for tea time? Who would mind?
After Idling and chatting with the friendly Red Bull people for awhile, we got escorted to the paddock area by lovely Sandra. I was trying hard not to go berserk like a kid first time being at an amusement park, although the weight of the equipment on my shoulders did help to strap back a bit of the excitement.
It was pretty interesting to see that all is calm and collected backstage, where rival teams were no further than a few meters away and seemingly chirpy and friendly when they see each other. Undoubtedly though, there was an almost eerie atmosphere of competition. Even the rubbish bin had to be placed right in front of the door way in case they lose some time throwing thrash.
Walking through the entrance of the garage, it felt like walking into a Star Trek battleship. The split roads lead to each driver’s car and we headed right toward Ricciardo’s.
A glorious, deconstructed RB10 parked on top of what seemed like floor from a Biochemistry laboratory. I was stoked. Almost as if the dream all boys had when they were 10, to be a racing driver, came alive again. I soaked in the sights, caressing every detail of the curves and edges of the car.
After feasting my eyes on the car, the other senses started to kick in. The sounds and noises became clearer. The mumbling I hear from the technical crew, the clanking of spanners, rattling of toolboxes, firing of airpumps. Every sound came together with no mess, it was like a symphony of engineering, and I have front row seats to the concert.
And yet another beast sits right next to Ricciardo’s car, the RB10 of 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who still holds the lap record to the Singapore Grand Prix Circuit. While both cars and both drivers come from the same team, they are worked on by a different team of technicians and engineers. Even as team mates, they compete individually.
The Singapore Grand Prix concluded with much drama with Nico Rosberg falling out of the race due to an electrical problem. Vettel who started 4th on grid overtook Ricciardo to clinch 2nd place with Ricciardo following behind a close 3rd. Both drivers from Infiniti Red Bull Racing finished the night race on the podium. An impressive achievement in a tough year of Grand Prix while trying to edge out team Mercedes who has the fastest car in the season.
Once again thank you to Red Bull Singapore for this once in a lifetime oppotunity!