DHL FASTEST PIT STOP AWARD

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More than just stopping

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.

Outstanding teamwork

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.

More than just stopping

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.

Outstanding teamwork

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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Red Bull on top while Williams flop in the Imola pit lane

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix turned out to be a two-horse race between Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Meanwhile, Red Bull were going head-to-head with Mercedes in the pit lane. Here, too, the Milton Keynes-based outfit had the upper hand: Sergio Perez's first and only pit stop on lap 37 was the fastest at 2.09 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes stop was close behind at 2.12 seconds, while George Russell's two stops were also performed at high speed. And there was a reason for that: Toto Wolff let rip at the end of 2023 after almost two years of mediocre-to-slow pit stops from the Silver Arrows.

"Our mindset over the last 12 years has been that we don't have to be pit stop world champions, but we at least have to avoid very slow stops," explained the Mercedes team boss in Austin in 2023. Correct in theory: the strategy can be planned much better if you're willing to sacrifice time in order to avoid errors. In modern Formula 1, however, this is no longer appropriate and not sustainable in the long term. The changed approach is now starting to have an effect.

Sauber recently showed just how bad a catastrophic stop can be, but they arrived at Imola with the latest update to their pit stop equipment, and the change in performance was instantly apparent: Zhou Guanyu's and Valtteri Bottas's pit stops in the race were both under three seconds - by no means brilliant but, importantly, not disastrous.

Speaking of pit lane disasters, there was a glaring example in the Williams box. During Alex Albon's stop, the crew failed to tighten the right front wheel on his car. The mistake could no longer be rectified, as the Williams pit stop light had already turned green and the Thai-British driver was already on his way.

"As soon as I switched off the pit limiter, a vibration started up and I knew something was wrong," explained Albon later. A situation that is both dangerous and, of course, illegal. He got off lightly with a ten-second stop-and-go penalty from the stewards, although he did not park his FW46 immediately in accordance with the rules. In the end it didn't matter, as Albon retired after 51 laps.

The race was not the disaster it might have been for Sergio Perez. Having started from way back in P11 on a track where overtaking is difficult, making a driving error early on and attempting a strategy that didn't work out, his eventual P8 finish was always going to be the maximum. Much to his chagrin, he also had to concede second place in the drivers' championship to Charles Leclerc. The two positives are that he at least had the fastest pit stop and that the next race is in Monaco where he won in 2022.

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2024 Season

Overall Standings

Fastest Pit Stops of the season

Season Averages

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

Previous winners

2023

PositionTeamPoints
1Red Bull543
2Ferrari468
3McLaren418
4AlphaTauri255
5Alpine191
6Aston Martin145
7Mercedes100
8Williams50
9Alfa Romeo38
10Haas14

2022

PositionTeamPoints
1Red Bull534
2McLaren427
3AlphaTauri257
4Ferrari255
5Alpine221
6Aston Martin203
7Williams166
8Mercedes122
9Alfa Romeo23
10Haas14

2021

PositionTeamPoints
1Red Bull569
2Mercedes317
3Ferrari266
4Williams215
5Aston Martin191
6Alfa Romeo183
7Alpine155
8McLaren141
9AlphaTauri83
10Haas1

2020

PositionTeamPoints
1Red Bull555
2Williams264
3Mercedes253
4Alfa Romeo158
5Renault123
6AlphaTauri107
7McLaren101
8Ferrari79
9Racing Point74
10Haas3

2019

PositionTeamPoints
1Red Bull504
2Williams439
3Ferrari315
4Mercedes273
5McLaren217
6Toro Rosso121
7Renault106
8Haas61
9Alfa Romeo49
10Racing Point36

2018

PositionTeamPoints
1Red Bull466
2Ferrari403
3Mercedes354
4Williams258
5Sauber219
6McLaren140
7Toro Rosso134
8Haas73
9Force India44
10Renault32

2017

PositionTeamPoints
1Mercedes472
2Williams442
3Red Bull344
4Ferrari251
5Force India155
6Toro Rosso155
7Haas130
8McLaren62
9Renault8
10Sauber1

2016

PositionTeamFastest Stops
1Williams14
2Red Bull3
3Mercedes3
4Renault1

2015

PositionTeamFastest Stops
1Ferrari7
2Red Bull4
3Mercedes3
4McLaren1
4Lotus1
4Force India1
4Toro Rosso1

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