- Sauber complete the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Monaco
- Charles Leclerc is sent on his way in 2.21 seconds
- Red Bull lead the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Sauber execute the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Monaco
All eyes were on Charles Leclerc in the Grand Prix of Monaco: for the first time since Olivier Beretta in 1994, a Monegasque was competing in the highest echelon of the sport in the Principality. Even though the rookie did not ultimately see the checkered flag after a collision with Brendon Hartley, the local hero nevertheless had the satisfaction of being presented with an award.
When Leclerc made his only pit stop of the race on the 14th lap, he was equipped with new tires in just 2.21 seconds. The Sauber crew thus completed the DHL Fastest Pit Stop of the race and once again emphasized their great run of form in the season so far.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel required 2.38 seconds each for their single stops. Like most of the other contestants, including race winner Daniel Ricciardo, the duo opted for a one-stop strategy, came into the pits early and changed from Hypersoft to Supersoft.
Towards the end of the race, the performance of the tires fell away dramatically, but they just about managed to avoid having to make a second stop.
The Monaco crowd saw a total of only 26 pit stops, of which 15 took less than three seconds. Making more stops than anyone else were Williams drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll, who called in at the pits three times, either for a tire change or to serve a penalty.
Top 10 pit stops in the 2018 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO
- CharlesLeclerc (Sauber) - 2.21s
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 2.38s
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 2.38s
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 2.39s
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 2.48s
- Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - 2.59s
- Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) - 2.65s
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - 2.65s
- Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) - 2.70s
- Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) - 2.83s
Fastest Pit Stop Award: Red Bull lead the way
In the overall standings of the 2018 DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award, Red Bull Racing still hold the lead on 151 points. In the runner-up spot are Mercedes on 101 points ahead of Ferrari (96) and Williams (86). Sauber move up to fifth place on the basis of their success in Monaco and now have 59 points to their account.