Why Yes, It Is Possible to Change All Four Tyres on an F1 Car in 2.05 Seconds

By Sam Gibbs on at

Next time you go to your local tyre shop, demand a 'Mark Webber change', just like this. During the Malaysian Grand Prix last month, the Red Bull team managed to break records. Not with the fastest car or anything like that, but with the fastest pit stop, where all four wheels are changed, ever made. In just 2.05 seconds. Incredible. That's barely enough time to stop a car, let alone anything else.

The previous fastest change was McLaren with a 2.3 second-stunner back at the German Grand Prix, but this blows that away. Watch it from the car in real-time. It's literally a blink-and-you-miss-it moment.

A lot of focus has been put on pit stops as one of the areas where you can seriously increase speed and reduce time, so the next step is a sub-two-second pit stop. I suspect we'll see it before the season's out, if the pit crews are on form. That really will be incredible to watch. [YouTube via Jalopnik]

Oh, and if you're wondering, this is apparently the secret to the ultimate Red Bull pitstop.