Red Bull Racing continues to set new records in Formula 1, with the team claiming to have broken its previous record pit stop time at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
According to its own internal data, Mark Webber’s sole pit stop in the race was a lightning 1.923 seconds, beating the team’s previous best of 2.05 seconds set at the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier in the year.
The Formula 1 broadcast’s official timing put the pit stop at 2.3 seconds, with the Australian’s end-to-end pit lane entry to exit time a rapid 23.537 seconds in total.
Unfortunately the pit stop didn’t help Webber’s cause to secure the team another 1-2 in the race. After making a now-customary poor getaway from second on the grid, the soon-to-retire racer dropped to fourth on the opening lap, and spent much of his opening stint bottles up behind Lewis Hamilton before he was eventually able to overtake the Englishman just before his visit to pit lane.
Webber finished third on the road, 8.3 seconds behind teammate and race winner Sebastian Vettel, who secured a record-breaking eighth successive victory in a single season.
“Setting a potential new pit stop record on Mark’s stop has topped off a fantastic weekend for the whole team,” Red Bull Racing’s team principal Christian Horner said.
The team is expected to apply to the Guinness World Records group to have the pit stop time officially ratified.