The ban, because of which the pit stops have become fasterApril 24, 2019
If in the championship was a separate offset for the speed of pit stops, then this year it would lead Red Bull Racing – the mechanics of this team cope with the replacement of the wheels faster than anyone, so it was already at three Grand Prix in a row.
For Red Bull in this ranking should be Ferrari, then Williams, Mercedes, McLaren and Toro Rosso.
Compared to last season, Ferrari, McLaren and Toro Rosso added more quickly to the speed of the pit stops, and this is mainly due to technical reasons. In 2019, it was forbidden to use such an engineering solution as front axles with special channels through which air passes. Last season it was used in Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Toro Rosso, but now, surprisingly, they all have benefited from this ban.
This solution required the use of larger diameter axles in the hub, while the wheel nuts were also larger, and they were made of special materials.
“Now we use smaller wheel nuts, and overall pit stops go two to three tenths of a second faster,” confirmed Mattia Binotto, the head of the Scuderia.
The fact is that new wheel nuts are installed in their places with less effort, and it is easier to remove them. Another indirect advantage is that they are not so easily tilted compared to the nuts of the previous design, which also adds confidence to the mechanics.
True, such incidents do occur.
“In Melbourne and Grosjean, we still managed to do it!” – Günther Steiner, the head of the Haas team, smiled sadly.
But the Mercedes team in the rating of pit stops does not look as impressive as last year – in the top three it did not enter.
“We didn’t use axes with air channels, so we remained at last year’s level,” said team manager Ron Meadows.
However, not the fastest pit stops do not interfere with the champion team to confidently win the race.
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