Tag Archives: Pit stops

Yamamoto’s mechanic hospitalised after pit lane incident

As you may have heard, during the Italian Grand Prix today, one of Sakon Yamamoto’s mechanics was run over in the pit lane in the middle of a pit stop. He has been hospitalised, currently in the Medical Centre, but the Hispania team have confirmed that he is conscious and should be OK.

While I earlier claimed that Sakon drove straight away from the pit box, based on info from the BBC, an amateur video has shown that it was in fact the lollipop man who released the car too early, causing the incident. Hispania have also been fined $20,000 for an unsafe release.

The video below shows the incident, but viewer discretion is advised:

Williams team change tyres in less than 3 seconds

A Williams pit stop in 2009

A Williams pit stop in 2009

Because of the refuelling ban in place for 2010, incredibly fast pit stops are going to be in place. The Williams team appear to have set the standard, by changing all sets of tyres in less than 3 seconds.

On their official Twitter feed, Claire Williams, the team’s media manager, posted:

“More pit stop practice on the agenda today, the guys have made it into the sub-three second range to change a set of tyres!”

However, it wasn’t all practise. Nico Hulkenberg had a go at using the front jack, as part of the team’s pit stops.

The fastest F1 pit stop ever was set by Benneton on Ricardo Patrese’s car, at the 1993 Belgian Grand Prix- which was 3.2 seconds. Clearly, that record will be completely smashed this year.

Obviously, the other teams will be practising as well. It will be hugely interesting to see how quick the times can go this year.

Domenicali hints at further 2010 rule changes

Stefano Domenicali

Stefano Domenicali

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has hinted at further changes to the F1 2010 rules, and possibly thr new points system.

Apart from this, he wants a cheaper KERS to return by 2011, downforce to be reduced once again, and possible compulsory pit stops.

He also believes the strongest teams in 2010 will be Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferarri. Below is the full interview:

A statement from Ferrari afterwards reads as follows:

“As far as the changes regarding the rules are concerned Domenicali said that the F1 Commission will meet on 1 February, ahead of the foreseen agenda, to give the world of F1 the time to assimilate the novelties, which will be discussed and made official. There will be further modifications of how the points in the Championship will be assigned and possible changes regarding the show’s improvement on the agenda. Asked about the safety level on the track with cars filled with petrol Stefano replied: “I don’t think that more petrol on board will be dangerous, but it will be the different number of pit stops and the consequential congestion of the pit lane, which will make the difference.”

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