Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013

Red Bull claim new pit stop record of 2.05 seconds

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013Red Bull claim their mechanics set a new record for the fastest ever four-wheel tyre change in Formula One.

Mark Webber’s RB9 was stationary for just 2.05 seconds when it had all four wheels changed on lap 19 of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

It helped Webber towards the fastest complete pit stop time of the entire race, taking 20.736 seconds from entry to exit. The top four quickest times at Sepang were all achieved by Red Bull.

Red Bull believe five of their eight pit stops during the Malaysian Grand Prix were quicker than the previous record of 2.31 seconds set by McLaren on Jenson Button’s car during last year’s German Grand Prix:

Driver Lap Pit stop Time (s)
Mark Webber 19 2 2.05
Sebastian Vettel 5 1 2.13
Mark Webber 7 1 2.13
Mark Webber 31 3 2.21
Mark Webber 43 4 2.26

“It’s possible this season we?ll see the magical two-second barrier breached at some point,” said the team.

“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.”

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  1. I’m a huge McLaren fan and like many others I have a slight dislike for Redbull. But I do have to say the way they went around this is just perfection. I didn’t notice any mention of this after the race. Now look back to how McLaren delt with it last year, they were bragging like they had just won the championship ! yet another pit error had just cost their driver the race win. Redbull on the other hand come home with a 1-2 and then just casually bring up the fact they smashed McLarens stop ! Fantastic.

    1. @f190 – Red Bull are usually quite secretive about their performance gains, so perhaps their pit stops are no different! I think McLaren though just needed a positive after what was a generally dismal last season.

    2. Yea, these guys are just amazing!

  2. Nick.UK (@)
    3rd April 2013, 16:53

    Does anyone know what methods are used for measuring these? I assume Red Bull themselves will look at telemetery, specifically the data of the rear tyre movement. But then that doesn’t allow accuracy 100%. Mark could have been spinning his wheels before they were on the ground, thus giving the illusion of a decreased stationary time. Unless there is a uniform measurement for everyone, by lasers or computer or something; these times can’t really be validated ‘officially’.

    In 2011, Felipe Mass had a pitstop of 2.2 in Canada according to the FOM display. It was never drawn attention to by anyone at any point. Which made me wonder if it was an error, especially as it didn’t visually look that great.

    1. @nick-uk – that is an interesting point: of course Red Bull’s times are yet to have been validated by the FIA or whoever judges these things. @keithcollantine, do you know anything about how McLaren’s world record pit-stop was measured and validated?

  3. Wow, I remember back in the refueling days when a driver had to come to the pits to change just the tyres because of a puncture, they would do it in around 6 seconds, and in 2010 they brought them down to 3~4 but even that is considered slow nowadays.

  4. That is incredible! But you also have to measure total pit lane time. I noticed that in the Malaysia, Red Bull not only had the fastest pit time, but their delta on the pit lane was even better. For example, Webber may have had the fastest time of 2.05, but Seb had a lower total time on pit lane of just a hair over 20 seconds (something like 20.2) where as I believe Webber had a best of around 20.5 seconds. I need to go back and rewatch the race to verify this as I wasn’t explicitly looking at it the whole time.
    But in the end, the driver has to be efficient in his time coming in and going back out as well as the pit stop itself. I was surprised to see Hamilton was slower for total pit lane time than his pit stops should have accounted for.

  5. @keithcollantine Why they do have wheel spin when released from the pit boxes? Can`t they use the clutches the same way the do on the starts?

    1. @cole I think it for warming up the rear tyres

    2. Like NMN, I had assumed they were trying to warm up their tires…but I’ve never heard anyone explain or comment on it so it’s just my speculation.

      By the way, GREAT site! My favorite place to check in when I start my day :-)

  6. Naah… Hamilton’s pit stop in the McLaren garage was far quicker. That was so quick FIA couldn’t even get a time.

  7. Why is so few only commenting on the very poor job Lotus is doing with their pitstops? In every single race last year and this year they’ve given seconds to their competitors just by being so slow with pitstops… Do they not practice this at all or don’t they see it as a problem (which would be even worse)?

  8. Force India is the new Minardi except Minardi never had the funding Force India has!

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