A lot has changed for the Motorsports in the last 50 years, including technology, safety, aerodynamics, and much more. And so did the timings as every nano second counts now. The difference for the win has been reduced to a mere 2-3 seconds and that is why it has become crucial to save every ounce of time available.
To give a brief insight on how safety has evolved, the last fatal accident was reported in 1994 with the death of Brazilian champion, Ayrton Senna. It's been 20 years since then and tons of accidents had occurred in the dangerous sports, but none of them have been fatal.
The modern F1 car weighs only 700 kgs and is completely made out of carbon fiber. The engine used is in accordance with the FIA standard and is just 1.6 litres in capacity producing powers as high as 750bhp at a staggering 20000rpm. It is said that the speed at which an F1 car run (350kmph), it can easily fly, so a large wing is provided both in front and rear to create the down-force, to keep the vehicle on the ground. The wings work same as the wings of the airplane, but in inverted direction.
Coming back to the time, the task to reduce the time is not only dependent on the driver, but to a large extent on the team officials too. Every single person is important and they have a specific role to play during the race. Be it race engineers who are on the radio with the driver giving important insights or be it the members of a pit crew who change tyres for the driver during the race.
Speaking of the role played by the engineers and the crew, there used to be a crew of 4 mechanics who used to change the wheels in the pit stop, which has been increased to a whopping number of 20 members who are in the pit stop to do all the essential stuff. The timings have been reduced dramatically, with the average time of a pit stop being 2.5 sec. The world record is with the Red Bull Racing for a pit stop of a 2.2 seconds (yes, that's the amount of time taken by us to even read that line). That is some impressive figure by any means.
So here we are showcasing a video of the immaculate precision adopted by the Formula 1 Pit crew members to reduce the time as much as possible. To us they are the unsung heroes. Sit back and enjoy the video and we bet, the amount of time you will take to open your eyelids, the car will be long gone.
F1 pit stop