- Red Bull Racing complete the DHL Fastest Pit Stop at Barcelona
- Daniel Ricciardo turned around in 2.26 seconds
- Red Bull extend lead in DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Red Bull complete the DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Barcelona
Red Bull Racing impressed with strong teamwork in the Formula 1 European opener and executed the DHL Fastest Pit Stop. Daniel Ricciardo was fitted with new tires in 2.26 seconds and his teammate Max Verstappen in 2.38 seconds, so Red Bull booked the fastest and third-fastest pit stop in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Verstappen finished the race in third place, Ricciardo was fifth. This was also Max’s first podium of the season. “A solid performance today, picking up a podium, and our 150th podium which is notable and deserved achievement for the team. It is also Max’s first podium of the season which will be a good confidence boost for him after enduring a tricky first four races,” said Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner.
Most drivers opted for a one-stop strategy in view of low tire wear. Only four drivers stopped more than once, among them Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver came in for a second time to change tires on Lap 41 under the Virtual Safety Cars – a tactic that did not meet with success.
Vettel was stationary in the pits for 5.14 seconds and fell back from second place to fourth behind Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. “Our tires didn’t last as long as for the others, so we couldn’t follow the same strategy. We had to stop again and we obviously lost two positions, and also a bit of time during the pit-stop itself,” said Vettel. “But staying out was not an option today.”
Overall, there were 21 stops in this fifth race of the season at Barcelona, 14 of which lasted less than three seconds, which is a fine testament to the pit crews’excellent performance.
Top-ten pit stops in the FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA EMIRATES 2018
- 01 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 2.26s
- 02 Lance Stroll (Williams): 2.36s
- 03 Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 2.38s
- 04 Sergey Sirotkin (Williams): 2.49s
- 05 Fernando Alonso (McLaren): 2.49s
- 06 Sergey Sirotkin (Williams): 2.49s
- 07 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 2.59s
- 08 Charles Leclerc (Sauber): 2.64s
- 09 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber): 2.67s
- 10 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 2.71s
DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award: Red Bull extend lead
Red Bull Racing further extended their overall lead in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award following their strong performance in Barcelona. Red Bull lead with 141 points, followed by Williams on 86, Ferrari 75 and Mercedes 71.