Pit stop record falls to Red Bull with 2.05s tire change

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Formula One pit crews are on the verge of achieving the first sub-two second tire change.

Red Bull lowered the record for changing four tires to just 2.05 seconds during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The team say they measured the time using the car’s on-board data which is the same reference used by their rivals.

The record time for a stationary four-wheel change was 2.31 seconds, set by McLaren during the 2012 German Grand Prix while servicing Jenson Button’s car.

Red Bull claim they performed five pit stops which were quicker than that in Malaysia:

Sebastian Vettel first stop (lap 5): 2.13s
Mark Webber first stop (lap 7): 2.13s
Mark Webber second stop (lap 19): 2.05s
Mark Webber third stop (lap 31): 2.21s
Mark Webber fourth (lap 43): 2.26s

But the ever-pressing need to perform faster pit stops took its toll on some teams during the race.

Force India recently introduced a new ‘captive wheel nut’ system for their cars which is designed to speed up pit stops by keeping the nut with the wheel during tire changes. But the system failed during the race and the team had to retire both cars.

Previous record-holders McLaren threw away a potential top five finish when an error in Button’s pit stop procedure meant he was shown a green light for a fraction of a second. He bolted from the pits before his right-front wheel was secured, the team had to push him back to his box and eventually retired the car.

Ticktum takes dramatic Macau GP win as leaders crash on last lap

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British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.

In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.

Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.

Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.

Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.

Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.

Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.