Formula 1

Red Bull break incredible sub-two second pit stop record

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It was not just Sebastian Vettel breaking records last Sunday, with team mate Mark Webber contributing towards one of his own.

The Red Bull team performed the fastest pit stop that has been ever achieved at a race track, with a total stationary time of 1.923 seconds. In this time, the team managed to change all four tyres on the car, marking an incredibly feat.

The team were close to dipping below the two second mark in Malaysia this year; however, on lap 28 in Austin, they managed it.

After coming so close in Malaysia, the team said on their website: "There's always a quicker stop out there, and it's possible this season we'll see the magical two-second barrier breached at some point.

"However, rather than chasing individual times, improving consistency is always the thing coveted by the crew. Breaking records is merely the consequence of doing that well."

This is a remarkable achievement for a team who nine races ago, failed to attach a wheel on Webber’s car properly, causing serious injury to a cameraman. For the same group of people to put this in the past and focus on going faster is astonishing.

However, what is perhaps more unbelievable is that the team have said that they regularly dip below the two second mark during their practice back in the factory.

Of course, the pressure experienced during the actual course of a race is greater, which explains why it has taken so long for this record to be broken.

What is not surprising though is the amount of effort that goes into a pit stop. The team rely on the driver to stop level with mechanics, who are already waiting in place.

The car is then jacked up off of the ground, and the wheels are removed from the car. There are three men at each wheel. One operates the wheel gun, another removes the tyre and the final one puts on the new one.

The mechanic will raise his arm when the wheel is in place, and when they are all on, the car will be released. This is all completed in less than two seconds.

There are measures in place for when a pit stop goes wrong. These include; a spare wheel gun, spare wheel nuts, spare jacks and also a mechanic stays behind the car ready to re-start it if the driver stalls.

But pit crews will practice changing tyres around 60 times at a Grand Prix weekend, so they are well rehearsed in order to make the pit stop go as smoothly as possible. The practice has clearly paid off for Red Bull.

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