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Would You Go Skating Dressed Like A F1 Pit Crew Member?


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A strangely interesting video appeared on my social media feed yesterday. The video was filmed at the Venice Beach Skatepark in Los Angeles, California. The footage focuses primarily on a skateboarder as he launches out of a bowl, pulls a nosegrab high in the air and lands reasonably cleanly. All of this is set to Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” It was a pretty sick clip, but something just looked out of place.

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For two brief moments, there was a skater in the foreground wearing what appeared to be the gear of a Formula 1 pit crew member. It’s not just the branded fire-resistant Nomex suit but also matching gloves and helmet. This skater is fully prepared to come out unscathed from both a small fall and a pitstop blaze. Though, I don’t think the shoes have been homologated with the FIA.


The Red Bull Racing pit crew during the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Red Bull Racing pit crew during the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Photo: Mark Thompson (Getty Images)

The equipment can be easily identified as from Red Bull Racing from either the 2019 or 2020 Formula One season. There’s a Honda logo on the left-hand chest portion of the suit beneath the Rauch logo, and there isn’t a Honda wordmark beneath the Red Bull logo like during the 2021 season. If the equipment is authentic, I can’t imagine how expensive that purchase was. The closest equivalent I can find for sale online is a 2014 Red Bull Racing crew suit for around $518.

The last thing I want to mention is that this is Los Angeles. While I jokingly tweeted that this proved that F1 had made it in America, I really want to know how a Venice Beach skateboarder got a hold of relatively recent F1 pitlane apparel and thought it was a good idea to wear it out to the skatepark. I’m also concerned about where the next place someone is going to appear randomly in Formula 1 pit gear.

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