Sainz and the late wheel at the pit stop: the explanation of Rueda – F1 Team – Formula 1

Oh my God. Like this Carlos Sainz via radio he did not hide his disbelief at the fact that his first pit stop at the Dutch Grand Prix lasted 12.7 seconds due to the delay of the left rear tire compared to the other three wheels. Inaki Rueda, head of Ferrari strategies, explained the reasons that led to such a significant delay in operations, an inconvenience that immediately put the Spaniard’s race uphill, who at the first corner had already suffered a – minimal – damage to the bottom of the car due to a contact with Lewis Hamilton.

“We had to respond to Sergio Perez’s pit stop to avoid Red Bull’s undercut and we were also potentially threatened by Mercedes.Rueda’s wordseach pit stop obviously involves two calls, one to the driver and one to the mechanics. The call to Carlos was not problematic, he managed to enter the pit lane without problems. The one to the mechanics instead had a few hitches because usually the mechanics are notified with at least 23-24 seconds of notice, this time instead there were only 17 ″ available.

Six seconds less therefore compared to the custom there are certainly not few especially on a standard total of 24, and to make everything more complicated there was the fact that the more than narrow pit lane of Zandvoort prevented the attendant on the rear left from taking his place more quickly: “The limited space meant that the person in charge of inserting the rear left had to circumnavigate the entire pit crew to get to his place where the rubber remover and the one assigned to the use of the gun had already settled. “.

So the short time available prevented the man on the rear left from taking his seat early and the hustle and bustle forced him to go further than expected, all transporting the tire. Hence the pit stop of 12.7 seconds compared to the standard 2-3 seconds.


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