- Williams complete the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Silverstone
- Felipe Massa’s tire change in 2.02 seconds is the fastest of the season
- Williams continue to extend their lead in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Williams take DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Silverstone
One week after their success in Austria, Williams again took the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in the 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX. Felipe Massa was equipped with new tires in an amazing time of 2.02 seconds, which was the fastest pit stop of the season to date.
Massa finished his team’s home race at Silvestone in tenth place thanks to a good start and his speedy pit stop. “I’m definitely happy with the race after starting 14th, having had a very good start and opening lap, to finish tenth,” said the Brazilian with satisfaction.
The Mercedes crew, who completed the second and third quickest pit stops of the race, were also on good form. Lewis Hamilton was sent back out on his way in 2.23 seconds. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas needed 2.26 seconds for his tire change. Eleven of the 26 pit stops at Silverstone were completed in under three seconds.
Bottas storms his way onto podium
Most drivers were on one-stoppers because of low tire degradation. That would also have been the plan at Ferrari, but following damage to tires in the final stages of the race, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen were forced to head for the pit lane a second time.
Valtteri Bottas benefited from their misfortune and finished second. The Mercedes driver had started on soft tires from ninth place on the grid following his gearbox change before qualifying and then put in a longer first stint than his rivals, who began the race on supersofts. The strategy paid off. Bottas gradually worked his way up through the field and spoke of one of the best races of his career after the checkered flag had fallen.
“We could actually go longer than expected in the first stint on the softs, and the tires were really good,” said the Finn. “In the last stint, the team told me to just take care of the tires, because we saw a few failures out there for some other teams, but for me they were fine.”
Fastest pit stops: 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX
01 Felipe Massa (Williams) - 2.02s
02 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 2.23s
03 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 2.26s
04 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 2.33s
05 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 2.37s
06 Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - 2.48s
07 Lance Stroll (Williams) - 2.50s
08 Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - 2.66s
09 Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 2.74s
10 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) - 2.74s
Williams extend lead in DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Williams further extended their lead in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award with this success at Silverstone. The team from Grove are now on 244 points. Mercedes are their main rivals with 218 points, followed by Red Bull on 178 and Ferrari with 105.
Next race: 2017 FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ
Formula 1 heads next to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix and the eleventh meeting of the season. Mercedes completed the fastest tire change at the Hungaroring last year, turning around world champion Nico Rosberg in 2.15 seconds. However, Red Bull were ahead in 2015 with a time of 2.36 seconds for Daniil Kvyat’s pit stop.