The European Formula One season heralds the return of the F1 paddock in its full glory, with transporters, treehouses and motorhomes. After 14 seasons of sterling work, the Red Bull home away from home has been replaced and the new Red Bull F1 Energy Station looks rather different. It has been nicknamed the F1 Holzhaus (or Wood House).
The original Red Bull Holzhaus is a MotoGP motorhome that debuted last year with a one-off F1 appearance at the Austrian Grand Prix. It proved a big success and so it wasn’t long before the decision was taken to build a new home suitable for the Teams’ needs.
This year, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso get a Holzhaus to call their own. Unveiled at this week’s Spanish Grand Prix, it will be bigger than the original – but still made of sustainably sourced Austrian timber.
The new Energy Station will be something of a behemoth and, at 1221m2, it offers 27 percent more floor space than its predecessor. It can be erected in less than two days and taken down in one by a crew of 25, and uses a natural convection design intended to do away with the need for air conditioning.
Before moving into his new office, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Christian Horner, commented “At the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix, Red Bull changed the game with the introduction of its Energy Station. Over the last 14 seasons, the Energy Station has undergone several transformations, moving with the times, first to accommodate two F1 teams after the arrival of Toro Rosso, and then with a series of upgrades to better meet our changing requirements.
“This week, we’re changing the game again with the unveiling of the new Energy Station, better known in Austria as the Holzhaus. It’s a sustainable structure that brings a touch of the Styrian Alps to the F1 paddock, having been designed to meet the current and future needs of ourselves and Toro Rosso. If it sees half as much drama as the old Energy Station, it will be doing well!”
While simplicity lies at the heart of the new Energy Station’s function, it’s certainly a very complex structure. So, just to keep things interesting, after the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the crew will be taking it down in a hurry, transporting it to Imperia on the Italian Riviera, and rebuilding it there on a barge, to be towed to Monte Carlo.