Friday 24 June 2016

New Grand Prix Times article: The fall and rise (and further rise) of the F1 pit stop

The European Grand Prix in Baku was epoch-making. No really, it was. Well, sort of. As in the race Williams equalled the F1's best ever tyre change time, with a sub-two second time.

Photo: Octane Photography
The mark it matched was Red Bull's from 2013, and it's appropriate too as F1's previous with the pit stop is - rather than a steady rise - perhaps surprisingly something of an oscillating graph. Planned halts have risen, then fallen, then risen and fallen then risen again...

But in recent years the development of the F1 tyre change, progressively shaving time off, has been astonishing. Not everyone likes it, but in many ways perhaps the pit stop is where we see F1 at its purest.

In my latest Grand Prix Times article I muse on all of this and more. You can have a read here:

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