Red Bull Racing claim to have broken Formula One’s previous pit-stop record five times during the course of the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Their fastest pit-stop, calculated by Mark Webber’s car during his second stop of the race, was recorded at 2.05 seconds.
The previous pit-stop record was 2.31s, recorded by the McLaren team during the 2012 German Grand Prix.
A spokesperson for Red Bull Racing said,
“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.”
While impressive, the sport’s fastest pit stop is still not faster than Red Bull’s ‘unofficial’ fastest time, which they claimed in 2010 to be 1.8 seconds.
Although the start of the 2010 season suggested Horner had been exaggerating the team’s performance, it now looks likely Formula One teams could push into the sub-two second realm.
Sam Michael, McLaren’s Sporting Director, thinks the achievement is just around the corner.
“I will be very surprised if you don’t see a time that quick (1.9 seconds or less) this year, because there is so much investment by the teams in this area,” he said.
“I think there is a sub-two second pit stop there. It is almost unthinkable, but we are all getting quicker. It’s like the 100 metre record.”
Red Bull’s car data recorded the following stationary pit stop times (Malaysian Grand Prix 2013):
Sebastian Vettel Stop 1 (Lap 5): 2.13 seconds
Mark Webber Stop 1 (Lap 7): 2.13 seconds
Mark Webber Stop 2 (Lap 19): 2.05 seconds
Mark Webber Stop 3 (Lap 31): 2.21 seconds
Mark Webber Stop 4 (Lap 43): 2.26 seconds
All records are provided by Red Bull Racing.