Red Bull believe they performed the fastest ever pit stop during a race at the United States Grand Prix, breaking the two-second barrier for the first time.
According to the team Mark Webber’s car was stationary for just 1.923 seconds when he visited the pits for his single pit stop of the race on lap 28.
That helped Webber achievement the fastest complete pit stop of the race, spending 23.537s as he came in and out of pit lane.
Red Bull previously set a record of 2.05 seconds for one of Webber’s stops during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
However Red Bull’s pit stops haven’t been that smooth all year. In China Webber was sent from the garage without one of his wheels fully attached, forcing him to retire.
The same thing happened again at the German Grand Prix and this time Webber’s wheel came off and struck a cameraman, hospitalizing him.
Webber finished third in Austin while team mate Sebastian Vettel won the race. “To achieve this result in front of so many of our team partners and supporters, as well as setting a potential new pit stop record on Mark’s stop, has topped off a fantastic weekend for the whole team,” said team principal Christian Horner.
Brendon Hartley says scoring a point on his Formula 1 debut would be “a dream” after being resigned to last place on the grid for the United States Grand Prix following an engine penalty.
Porsche factory driver Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly for the USGP when the Frenchman was ruled out due to clashing commitments in Super Formula.
Despite having not driven an F1 car since 2012, Hartley came within one-tenth of a second of making it through to Q2 on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas, ultimately qualifying 18th.
“Obviously I’d love to be quicker but we knew we were starting at the back, so we put a lot of focus on long runs, getting the peak performance out of this Pirelli tire I didn’t get today,” Hartley told NBCSN after the race.
“In FP3 I had a good feeling. There’s a lot of quirky things to manage with these tires. Honestly I should be happy with how the weekend’s gone so far.”
The New Zealander will start last due to a 25-place grid penalty for changes made to his power unit ahead of practice on Friday, and is daring to dream of making the top 10 in his first race out of a sports car for more than five years.
“I don’t do the 24 hours completely alone!” Hartley joked. “It’s quick. It’s physical to drive. I’ll be happy to be done after an hour and a half.
“A point would be a dream starting from the back. If I can move forward and put a race together, I’ll be happy.”
The United States Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.