Williams team change tyres in less than 3 seconds
January 21, 2010
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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.