- Red Bull Racing complete the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in the Austrian GP
- Daniel Ricciardo’s car serviced in 2.18 seconds
- Red Bull extend lead in DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Red Bull with DHL Fastest Pit Stop at Spielberg
In their home race at Spielberg, Red Bull Racing certainly did justice to their current position as the dominant team in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. The Bulls serviced Daniel Ricciardo’s car in 2.18 seconds, executing the fastest tire change of the Austrian Grand Prix. They rounded off their strong performance by completing the third-fastest stop of the race for Max Verstappen (2.32 secs).
Unlike his teammate Verstappen, who won the race, and Ferrari drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, Ricciardo made two pit stops because his tires were blistering badly. He was later forced to retire with a technical problem. Ricciardo had tried to stay in Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop window and had asked too much of his tires after all the drivers up front, apart from race leader Hamilton, had stopped under the Virtual Safety Car.
“At one stage it was looking like a one-two, but in all honesty as soon as we put the softs on it didn’t feel like it gave me much,” said Ricciardo. “Even though we were able to get Kimi, I didn’t feel like I was able to pull away and then I saw the tire was getting torn apart. So we had to pit and that put us out of contention for the podium. Then we had what I think was a broken exhaust which put me out of the race.”
Sauber secured the second-fastest stop of the race. Charles Leclerc was equipped with fresh tires in 2.30 seconds, confirming Sauber’s strong form. The Swiss team have completed the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in all of the last three races. Finishing in ninth place, Leclerc even managed to score points once again.
Top Ten pit stops in the FORMULA 1 EYETIME GRAND PRIX OF AUSTRIA 2018
- 01 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 2.18s
- 02 Charles Leclerc (Sauber) - 2.30s
- 03 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 2.32
- 04 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 2.44s
- 05 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) - 2.45s
- 06 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 2.61s
- 07 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) - 2.64s
- 08 Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) - 2.86s
- 09 Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - 2.92s
- 10 Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - 2.96s
DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award: Red Bull extend lead
With this strong result at Spielberg, Red Bull Racing extended their lead in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. The Bulls are now on 242 points while their closest rivals, Ferrari and Sauber, are both on 138. Mercedes, the defending champions in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award, are not too far behind with 134 points.