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Daniel Ricciardo works as a member of the pit crew

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Earlier today Formula One's official Twitter page posted a video of Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo getting to grips with life within the ranks of the team's pit crew.

The video shows the Australian speedster rolling his sleeves up and getting stuck into some good old fashioned tyre changing duties.

In the modern era of Formula One, a lot of emphasis is put into making the driver's pit-stops as short as possible in order to give them an advantage over their opponents.

Over the years, Red Bull, in particular, have become very accomplished at the pit-stop routine.

Three years ago at the U.S. Grand Prix, the Red Bull pit crew managed to pull off an incredible feat when they completed a pit-stop for driver Mark Webber in just 1.923 seconds.

The time was quick enough to beat the then current record of 2.05 seconds, which coincidentally was also held by Red Bull.

Today's super fast pit times are a far cry from the times of old in Formula One.

In years gone by, a driver would jump out of the car to take on refreshments, while the pit crew worked on the car for over a minute before the driver was able to make his way back out onto the track.

Red Bull's prowess in the pit-stop could well be a significant contributing factor for the team's success over the years.

The team won their first ever constructor's championship back in 2010 with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who finished 5th and 6th in the driver's standings respectively.

From there, the team kicked into hyperdrive and secured the next three consecutive constructor's titles, with lead driver Vettel winning the driver's championships and his teammate Webber finishing runner-up to complete three phenomenal years for the team.

2016 Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Max Verstappen currently occupy third and sixth positions in the drivers' championship respectively, with three Grand Prix' still to race.

The next instalment of the Formula One season takes place in Mexico, before the teams move on to Brazil, then finally to Abu Dhabi for the last race of the season.

Nico Rosberg currently leads the driver's championship ahead of his Mercedes teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton by a 26-point margin. 

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