Don't Blink: Here's the World's Fastest Pit Stop
Would you believe that a Formula 1 team performed a pit stop in under two seconds?
That’s exactly what happened when the Baku City Circuit hosted Formula 1’s 2016 Grand Prix of Europe. The Williams pit crew and driver Felipe Massa not only achieved the fastest pit stop in the young history of Azerbaijan, but managed to tie the world record with a time of 1.92 seconds. The other 1.92-second pit stop occurred in 2013 with Red Bull driver Mark Webber at the United States Grand Prix.
It’s astonishing to see how quickly the team managed the pit stop and it’s even more amazing that this is the second time it has happened in 1.92 seconds.
To put it into perspective, someone fast at the keyboard can type out the words pit stop in about a single second. So in less than the time it would take type out pit stop twice, the Williams team managed to swap out four tires on a Formula 1 race car.
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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