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2023 F1 fastest pit stops: Red Bull challenged as Mercedes surprise

Which team has been the best at pit stops in the opening 12 races?

F1 may ultimately be a sport where the drivers are the heroes but success is undoubtedly the result of a huge team effort.

This is displayed in the seemingly effortless choreography that goes into the pit stops during races, where all four tyres are changed by a team of mechanics, with minor aerodynamic tweaks to front wings also on the cards.

Any time made up on a rival during the pit stop phase can make all the difference to finishing position, meaning countless hours of practice are put into ensuring smooth operations.

Red Bull has established itself as one of - if not the - best at pit stops in recent years and after 12 races this term, the story is no different.

A 1.98-second stop for Sergio Perez at the Hungarian Grand Prix is the only sub-two-second service of the season, just 0.03s faster than McLaren's pit stop for Oscar Piastri in the same race.

Perez's team takes the third fastest of the season having completed service in 2.07s at the Spanish Grand Prix, with McLaren again following up 0.03s slower in Austria - this time on Lando Norris' car.

Charles Leclerc was stationary for the same length to take the fifth fastest stop for Ferrari in Saudi Arabia, with Perez making his third appearance in the top 10 in sixth.

Ferrari and Carlos Sainz, McLaren and Norris, Red Bull and Perez are next, with Leclerc and the Scuderia rounding out the top 10 with a 2.19s stop at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Pit stop rankings

F1 fastest pit stop sponsor DHL keeps track of the best pit stop crew with a standings table.

Points are awarded for the top 10 fastest stops at each event, with the scoring system reflecting that of a Grand Prix [25 points for first down to one for 10th].

Red Bull unsurprisingly leads on 333 points ahead of Ferrari, which has amassed 266 points.

McLaren sits third on 161 points ahead of Alpine [136] and AlphaTauri [121].

Aston Martin is on 78 points in sixth ahead of Mercedes and Williams.

Alfa Romeo and Haas complete the table.


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