- Mercedes complete the DHL Fastest Pit Stop at Monza
- Valtteri Bottas equipped with fresh tires in 2.15 seconds
- The Silver Arrows take the lead from Williams in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Mercedes take DHL Fastest Pit Stop in Monza
Mercedes showed their strongest performance of the season so far in the Italian Grand Prix, securing a comfortable one-two win with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Sebastian Vettel was third in Ferrari’s home fixture with a deficit of 36 seconds.
A perfect race weekend for Mercedes in Monza was rounded off with a one-two victory in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. Bottas came in to change tires on Lap 33, taking only 2.15 seconds while Hamilton had bolted on fresh tires in 2.33 seconds one lap earlier. The Mercedes crew were super quick on Sunday afternoon, proving unbeatable.
“This was the most comprehensive of our eight victories so far this season. It was a 1-2, flawlessly executed by the team, a dominant performance and delivered on the home turf of our main competitor; all that makes it a pretty memorable day,” said James Allen, Technician in Chief at the Silver Arrows, with some satisfaction.
One-stop race in Monza
The third-fastest pit stop of the race went to Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo was turned around in 2.40 seconds. Williams, who are normally so strong in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award, had a really bad day. Felipe Massa’s stop lasted 3.35 seconds while Lance Stroll’s was no less than 4.48 seconds – far too long for a place in the Top Ten.
Monza was a classic one-stop race because of very low tire wear. Eight of the 21 pit stops took less than three seconds.
Fastest pit stops: FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO HEINEKEN D’ITALIA 2017
01 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 2.15s
02 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 2.33s
03 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 2.40s
04 Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - 2.43s
05 Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 2.64s
06 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 2.72s
07 Esteban Ocon (Force India) - 2.85s
08 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)) - 2.85s
09 Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) - 3.03s
10 Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) - 3.17s
Mercedes take lead in DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award
Mercedes took the lead in the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award with their one-two success in Monza. The Silver Arrows are now on 302 points, three points ahead of Williams. Red Bull are in third place with 200 points, followed by Ferrari (148) and Toro Rosso (128).
Next race: 2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Formula 1 will head to Singapore for the 14th race of the season and the first race overseas. Last season, Mercedes completed Lewis Hamilton’s tire change in 2.14 seconds, taking the DHL Fastest Pit Stop during the night race. However, Red Bull had the fastest crew in 2015 when Daniil Kvyat's tire swap took 2.53 seconds.