Red Bull claim record sub-two-second pit stop

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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.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”