Ferrari crew best of the best when it came to pitstops in 2013
21 January, 2014
The Ferrari crew ended best of the best in the unofficial Formula 1 pitstop competition last season, where teams sought to get their cars in and out the pits as quickly as possible.
The boys in red were called into action no fewer than 89 times to service Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa during the 19 races of the year, their average time for stops – to change all four wheels – was a mere 2.78 seconds.
Mercedes were next best with a 2.95 seconds average for 86 pit stops done for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton during the course of the season, with Red Bull next best with 2.95 seconds average for their 89 stops, undertaken by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
This included a lightening quick stop during the United States GP after which the team claimed a world record time, “The team’s car data recorded Mark as being stationary for just 1.923 seconds, an incredible feat.”
Despite changing their pitstop system at the start of 2013, McLaren averaged 3.18 seconds for the 82 combined pitstops by Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.
Williams had some high profile blunders during the course of the year, their cars twice losing wheels which cost them €120,000 during the course of the season. On average the Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado spent 5.42 seconds stationary during their pitstops which was the worst average of any team.
Pitstop average times for the rest of the teams were as follows: Lotus 3,35 seconds, Sauber 3.74 seconds, Toro Rosso 3.84 seconds, Marussia 4.31 seconds, Caterham 4.52 seconds and Force India 4,58 seconds. (GP247)
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