Behind the scenes of Red Bull's mission control
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Behind the scenes of Red Bull's mission control

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Regular viewers of Formula 1 will know that trying to second-guess in-race strategies can become part of the fun. But just how hectic can grands prix be for those whose job it is to execute the split-second decisions?

What was it that made us all fall in love with grand prix racing in the first place? It's that intoxicating cocktail of being caught in the moment, witnessing the battles on track and off, the personalities, the intrigue, the uncertainty, and that unprecedented intensity of spontaneous emotion when Toto Wolff pounds his fists on the table or Christian Horner's feet jiggle nervously as the denouement approaches.

Unless you work for a team - and that means actually living through the hard work, the stress, and the soaring peaks and crushing troughs of Formula 1 competition - then it's hard to fully comprehend how it can take over your life. Harder still to grasp how all that emotional investment gets wrenched and churned when those red lights go out on Sunday afternoon and everything is decided in two crazy hours.

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