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.
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Red Bull perform DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Austin
One-two triumph at the box for Red Bull Racing in the 2019 USA GP. The pit crew of the Milton Keynes-based changed the tires for both of their drivers faster than any other team.
Alexander Albon received the fastest service of the race, just as he had in Mexico the weekend before. The Red Bull rookie was sent on his way in just 2.02 seconds after making his second pit stop on Lap 20.
P2 in this particular classification went to his team-mate Max Verstappen whose change from Hard to Medium on Lap 34 took 2.18 seconds.
The quick stop for the Dutchman came just at the right time. Verstappen attempted an undercut against eventual race winner Valtteri Bottas. It didn't work out, however, as Mercedes brought the Finn in just one lap later and executed a 2.45-second stop, the third fastest of the race.
The one-two result in Austin makes Red Bull Racing clear favorites for the 2019 DHL Fastest Pitstop Award. The only team that can stop them now are Williams who also made it into the Top Ten in terms of fastest stops with their driver pairing of Robert Kubica and George Russell, but they dropped 30 points further behind over the weekend. Williams are on 394 points, 60 adrift of Red Bull (454), with only 86 points still up for grabs in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari are third on 283 points, 29 points ahead of Mercedes.