DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award

A Formula 1® pit stop is much more than just stopping, changing tires and accelerating away. Perfect planning and absolute precision at breathtaking speed are needed to get it right first time. Pit stops are just one example of how Formula 1 is a team sport.

The DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award was established in 2015 to recognize outstanding teamwork and performance from the unsung heroes who make a vital contribution to the drivers’ success on the track.

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Mercedes take first DHL Fastest Pit Stop since 2018

They have won seven Formula 1 World Championship titles in a row and are a model of consistency in the pits as well, yet it has been ages since Mercedes last delivered a DHL Fastest Pit Stop. The drought finally came to an end at Imola.

In recent years, Mercedes’ mechanics could be relied on to get at least one car in among the ten fastest pit stops of a race, usually with times in the 2.20 - 2.50 second range. Last year, they finished third behind Red Bull and Williams in the battle for the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award.

Hard to believe, then, that the team hasn’t managed the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in any race since the US GP of the 2018 season. After 42 races, that streak has now come to an end. In a chaotic Emilia Romagna GP, the Mercedes mechanics changed the tires on Valtteri Bottas’s car in 2.24 seconds - despite the adverse weather conditions and a wet pit lane.

In doing so, Mercedes also halted a ten-race winning streak by Red Bull, who had clocked up every single DHL Fastest Pit Stop since last year’s Italian GP. However, Red Bull were not all that far behind on Sunday at Imola: Max Verstappen was dispatched in just 2.27 seconds, which was the second-fastest stop of the race and helped Verstappen to victory.

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2021 Season

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How the teams’ pit stop times improved during the course of the season

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2020 Season

All the stats, facts and figures for the 2020 DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award.