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Red Bull and Mercedes share fastest pit-stop times

After 17 races of the 2011 season, there have been a total of 988 pit stops in race conditions. To compare pit crew performance, an analysis of average stop times (excluding repair stops and stops under the safety car) puts Red Bull and Mercedes in equal first place, followed by McLaren (+0.3s), Force India (+0.4s) and Ferrari (+0.5s). Bringing up the rear are Virgin (+1.6s) and HRT (+3.2s).

11 Nov 2011 - Source
sbstnvtl   Sebastian Vettel
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes again!! Red Bull number one!! Oh, and also "joint first", AKA "number two", haha Mark.
wibbah   Mark Webber
Ah fair go mate, pit stops are a team effort, I'm defo getting some credit for this one.
sbstnvtl   Sebastian Vettel
I suppose you do give the pit lads a bit of extra practice when you break the car Mark, which I never ever do.
Horner   Christian Horner
Don't worry Seb, even in the very unlikely event that you break something, we have spares for everything on the car. In fact Adrian tells me we have so many spare parts, we could actually make a second car out of them.
sbstnvtl   Sebastian Vettel
I believe you do, it's called "Mark's car", haha.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Bloody hell, how did HRT manage to be 3.2 seconds off the pace... are they still refueling in the pits or what?
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Hmm... lighter fuel loads - that would explain their blistering race pace.
CoalInCoals   Colin Kolles
Lay off guys, everyone has to start somewhere. We're in a development phase at the moment.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Seems your pit crew's motor skills are still in development. Surely if there's one thing you loser teams could be expected to be reasonably competitive at, it would be wheel changing. I've seen it done quicker on the side of a motorway.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
And that's with cars and lorries whizzing past, probably also at speeds far in excess of HRT capabilities.
Ambrosia   Jerome d'Ambrosio
I think it's pretty scary in the pit lane though Fernando, at least that's what my pit crew says.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
They're probably referring to that time you tried to run over the lot of them backwards in Hungary, remember that?
Ambrosia   Jerome d'Ambrosio
Oh yeah, I mixed up the accelerator and the brake, I think that happens to everyone sometimes.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Everyone with a severe brain impediment at least. Anyway forget that "braking" stuff Ambrosia, brakes only make you go slower, none of the top drivers ever use them. You'll go, ahem... a long way without them.
DC   David Coulthard
It's hard to believe a team like McLaren have only the 3rd fastest pit crew Martin.
MBrundle   Martin Brundle
Well Red Bull have been setting the standard this year David, and the German efficiency at Mercedes doesn't surprise me that much either.
DC   David Coulthard
I'm not sure I believe the numbers Martin, I've seen Hamilton do pitstops where the McLaren crew were so fast that I didn't even notice the mechanics working on the car.
MBrundle   Martin Brundle
Christ, those were drive-through penalties David. Lewis has had a few of those this year.
DC   David Coulthard
When I was a kid going to the drive-thru was a treat, not a punishment. No wonder kids are so spoilt these days.


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