Can F1 Pit Stops Get Any Quicker? Interview with Red Bull’s Jonathan Wheatley

At the 2013 United States Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing set a new Formula One record with the first sub-two-second pit stop. 

Changing four tyres in under two seconds is an incredible feat of human skill and engineering—as readers will surely know if they have ever struggled with a jack and lug wrench on the side of the road.

However, race team manager Jonathan Wheatley told the Red Bull website at the time that the team can—and does, in practice—go even quicker. He acknowledged, though, that, “in a race with the noise, the pressure and everything else going on, it’s probably unlikely we’ll see it.”


(Photo credit: freshwater2006 via Flickr)


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