A clip posted to Twitter by Red Bull Racing shows and celebrates the team getting the fastest pit stop of this season at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend.
The flawless pit stop takes a mere 2.19 seconds on Sergio Perez’s car, which is an incredibly short time considering the new rules that were brought in on pit stops last year.
Red Bull famously used to have far superior pit stop times to any competitors, even making five sub-two-second pit stops in the first half of the 2021 season.
However, the mid-season rule changes, which sought to reduce the number of mistakes caused by botched pit stops such as loose wheels, have dented Red Bull’s pit stop superiority in the past year.
McLaren have emerged as worthy challengers to Red Bull’s pit stop throne within this time, even coming close to Red Bull’s record pit stop of the season by making a 2.26 second pit stop on Daniel Ricciardo at the same race last weekend.
However, Red Bull are re-cementing their place as the top dogs of pit stops.
It has been an incredible turnaround by the Austrian team, who after the FIA technical directive actually had the slowest pit stop time on average out of the 10 teams for a period of races last season, at 4.56 seconds.
However, it was not quite pit stop times that proved decisive at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but rather pit stop decisions, with Ferrari‘s disastrous decision to put race leader Charles Leclerc onto hard tyres for his third stint, gifting Red Bull a comfortable victory with Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman ended up overtaking Leclerc twice and cruising to victory despite starting in 10th and overcoming a 360 degree spin on the penultimate Turn 13.
The race feels like a significant moment in the season, with Leclerc eventually finishing in sixth, extending Verstappen’s lead on the Ferrari driver from 63 points to 80 points in the Drivers’ Championship.
This points gap seems a very big task for Ferrari and Leclerc to reduce, and if Red Bull continue to innovate and improve as they famously do over the upcoming summer break, as shown by their pit stops, then it is almost certainly game over for Leclerc and Ferrari.