Blink and you’ll miss it: 2.31s is new pitstop world record!
In less than the time it takes to read this, Jenson Button’s pitcrew set a new world record for the fastest-ever pitstop in Formula 1 history: 2.31s at this afternoon’s Santander German Grand Prix.
The time – registered on lap 40 – underlines the season-long efforts of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes pitcrew to shave vital tenths from the critical pitstop procedure. It’s a mark of the squad’s progress: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has now set the fastest stationary pitstop time in Canada, Valencia, Silverstone and Hockenheim – the last four grands prix.
To cap it all, Jenson’s speedy second stop was instrumental in getting him out on track ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel and it proved decisive in helping him battle for the lead.
Full pitstop time breakdown:
Lewis Hamilton pitstop times
Stop 1 – 5.60
Stop 2 – 2.85
Stop 3 – 3.83
Jenson Button pitstop times
Stop1 – 3.26
Stop 2 – 2.31 (WR)
Watch Jenson’s World Record breaking pitstop: