After three races with new pit stop rules, a careful assessment can be made about the conditions in the pit lane and whether these have changed. The tentative answer: absolutely.
After four Grands Prixes with new pit stop rules (just three races, because no pit stops were performed in Belgium) it is clear that Red Bull is one of the teams affected by the new rules.
Red Bull has been lord and master in the pit lane in recent years, but the past three races have not always been smooth sailing. While Red Bull clearly had the fastest and most consistent pit crew before the race in Spa, it has occasionally been below par in the last three races.
On average, a Red Bull pit stop for the summer lasted 2.58 seconds. After the summer, that’s 4.56 so far, so searched The Race from. Two bad pit stops, in Italy for Max Verstappen (11 seconds) and in Russia for Sergio Perez (9 seconds), were to blame. That first bad pit stop in particular was a direct result of the new rules. After the summer, Red Bull is therefore the team with the worst average pit stop time to date.
However, Red Bull has proven that it can still do it, because in Zandvoort the team was the fastest with a pit stop of 2.15 seconds. In Monza and Sochi, Red Bull clocked the second fastest pit stop. However, the consistency is hard to find, so the average pit stop after the summer break was two seconds slower.
Three teams (Alpine, AlphaTauri and Ferrari) are a little bit faster after the summer than before the break, but the other seven teams are slower. However, with no team are the differences as big as with Red Bull. The second biggest loser is Haas, who has averaged 0.9 seconds slower in recent races than before the summer.
The coming races will show whether Red Bull can get things back on track. The two outliers in Monza and Sochi are of course disastrous for the average pit stop time, but on two occasions it largely determined the race of a Red Bull driver.
Team boss Christian Horner concedes Fpal and others admit that the new rules are annoying. “Especially because they were introduced in the middle of the season. Even though we see mistakes now, I don’t think the FIA will restore the old rules. However, it is never nice to have new rules in the middle of the season. It’s what it is. Everyone is in the same boat, so we just have to live with it,” said Horner.