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.
Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Fastest Pit Stop Video
Red Bull take one-two win in Melbourne
Red Bull Racing were still on good form in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award after the winter break. The defending champions executed the two fastest pit stops in the season opener at Melbourne and are on the maximum of 43 points after the first race.
Pierre Gasly was turned around and sent back on his way in 2.19 seconds while teammate Max Verstappen was stationary for 2.30 seconds as he swapped tires, making Red Bull the fastest crew of the afternoon at Albert Park. The third-fastest pit stop of the race, 2.38 seconds, went to Williams with rookie George Russell.
Like most drivers, Verstappen opted for a one-stop strategy, as tires hold up well at Albert Park. He finished the race in third place and was extremely satisfied with the result, even though runner-up Lewis Hamilton had been within reach.
“To be able to challenge Lewis at the end of the race and overtake Seb on-track, which around here is very difficult, is very positive,” said Verstappen, who didn’t pit until Lap 25 and put in a longer first stint than the other top drivers. “We had a little advantage with the tires but it was satisfying to pressure Lewis even though I couldn’t get quite close enough to overtake him. The car was working really well and we also look strong on the straights, which is hopefully a good sign for the rest of the season.”