In the second consecutive Formula 1 Grand Prix, Red Bull delivered a very poor pit stop. Last time Max Verstappen was the victim, this time Sergio Perez. Or was the Mexican the instigator?
Before the introduction of new technical directives for a minimum pit stop time, Red Bull was known as the team to beat in the pit lane. In the last two races, both the Italian Grand Prix and the Russian Grand Prix, we've seen things go wrong in that pit lane. Max Verstappen stood still for eleven seconds at Monza, while in Sochi Sergio Perez stood still for more than three seconds longer than strictly necessary.
What went wrong? Team boss Christian Horner explains this in conversation with Fpal, among others, and seems to speak about a driver's error: "We were indeed delayed when the wheel came off the car. The clutch caused the rear wheel to turn again, making it more took time to fit the new wheel."
"That was frustrating, otherwise we could have easily been third, but in the end he managed to work his way up to that position until the rain came," continues Horner.
Asked whether the 'new' pit stop problems are related to the new technical directive (TD) that would prevent teams from making pit stops under two seconds any longer, Horner replied in the negative: "Today's problem was not a TD problem. As I said, there was a delay when the clutch engaged, while the car was stationary and in the air. That's what took Sergio's time.”