A Formula 1® pit stop is much more than just stopping, changing tires and accelerating away. Perfect planning and absolute precision at breath taking speed are needed to get it right first time. Pit stops are possible the most visual evidence of why a 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 critically important contribution to the drivers’ success on the track.
Fastest Pit Stop Video
Williams perform DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Canada
Williams once again had to console themselves for a mediocre result on track in the Canadian GP with success in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. After topping the timesheets in this category in Monaco, the historic British outfit again carried out the speediest tire change of the day.
But that's not all: Williams almost managed to break the elusive two-second barrier. The team sent Poland's Robert Kubica on his way at the end of his second pit stop on Lap 38 in 2.00 seconds precisely. Meanwhile, most of the other teams went for a one-stop strategy in Montreal.
Williams also set a new record for the 2019 season; in Monte Carlo, they had matched the previous time of 2.07 seconds set by McLaren in Barcelona.
The stop in Canada was also the fastest of the race by a wide margin: the second-fastest tire change was carried out by current DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award leaders Red Bull who sent Pierre Gasly on his way in 2.37 seconds.
Because Max Verstappen also benefited from one of the quickest pit stops in Canada, Red Bull have now extended their lead even further. They are on 173 points ahead of second-placed Ferrari (148). Williams (123) have passed McLaren (110) and are now third.