- Red Bull Racing execute the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in British GP
- Daniel Ricciardo’s car serviced in 2.26 seconds
- Red Bull extend lead in DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Red Bull complete DHL Fastest Pit Stop at Silverstone
Red Bull Racing were never in contention to take the win in the British GP, but the team excelled once again in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. Daniel Ricciardo was turned around and sent back out in 2.26 seconds during the Silverstone classic and his team-mate Max Verstappen was provided with four fresh tires in 2.29 seconds – the two fastest pit stops of the race. Two more stops of 2.49 seconds for Verstappen and 2.63 for Ricciardo were also completed.
Ricciardo only managed to book P5 in the end despite his pit crew’s strong performance. After winning their home fixture at Spielberg last week, Red Bull were not on the same level as Ferrari and Mercedes at Silverstone right from the start. Verstappen retired with a technical problem in the dying stages of the race.
At the head of the field, though, the different strategies deployed by teams created plenty of suspense. A safety car period in the final stages of the race put Sebastian Vettel’s comfortable victory under serious threat. Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen stopped, but Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton decided against a change of tires, and Bottas went into the lead.
However, Vettel was not prepared to accept that and retook the top spot after just a few laps. Räikkönen and Hamilton, who had ended up at the back the field following a contact at the start, also both went past Bottas to join Vettel on the podium.
There were a total of 28 pit stops at Silverstone, 18 of which lasted less than three seconds. A strong performance by pit crews at the Home of British Motor Racing.
The Top Ten pit stops in the FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX
- 01 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 2.26s
- 02 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 2.29s
- 03 Charles Leclerc (Sauber) - 2.36s
- 04 Lance Stroll (Williams) - 2.38s
- 05 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 2.45s
- 06 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 2.49s
- 07 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 2.53s
- 08 Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) - 2.61s
- 09 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 2.63s
- 10 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) - 2.66s
DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award: Red Bull extend lead
With this one-two win at Silverstone, Red Bull Racing have further extended their already comfortable lead in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. The Bulls are now on 285 points, 137 points up on nearest rivals Ferrari (148), while Mercedes (146) and Sauber (144) are not too far behind the Swiss outfit.