The Red Bull Honda F1 has fallen to the bottom of the average pit stop time from the F1 pit stop benchmark since the entry into force of the FIA Technical Guideline.
In an era of pit stops at ultra-fast levels of less than two seconds, the FIA (International Automobile Federation) has implemented new requirements of the F1 Belgian Grand Prix to mitigate the associated safety risks.
The Intelligent Wheel Gun is equipped with software that performs an automatic check to see if the wheel is locked before it is released.
The wheel gun had a release button that the mechanic had to press, which could signal after tightening the lug nut and lower the jack, but while waiting for the lug nut to be tightened, the button was pressed. Pushing was standard practice.
The technical guideline imposed during the F1 Belgian Grand Prix states that the release button cannot be pressed until a “tighten wheel nut” signal has been issued and should only be pressed in response to that signal.
The Red Bull Honda F1 has established itself as F1’s fastest and most consistent team at the pit stop, and the new directive was seen as an attempt to slow it down.
At three consecutive events, those fears had to be verified. Red Bull Honda has made very fast pit stops in Zandvoort, Monza and Sochi, but reliability has declined significantly.
■ For F1 Belgian GP
The fastest: 1.88 seconds (1 bit) Average: 2.58 seconds (1 bit)
■ After the F1 Belgian Grand Prix
Fastest: 2.15 seconds (1 digit) Average: 4.56 seconds (10 digits)
Not surprisingly, the fastest pit stop time after the technical guideline is slightly behind, but Red Bull remains a benchmark in that regard. It has the fastest pit stop in Zandvoort and the second fastest in Monza and Sochi.
The concern is that consistency has dropped dramatically. Red Bull Honda’s error rate up to the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix was extremely low, with an average pit stop time of 2.58 seconds.
However, the average pit stop time in the three Grand Prix since the F1 Belgian Grand Prix was 4.56 seconds, which is 2 seconds slower, which is the worst for all 10 teams.
This is largely due to the slow stops of Max Verstappen (11.1 seconds) at the F1 Italian Grand Prix and Sergio Perez (8.96 seconds) at the F1 Russian Grand Prix.
As for the slow stop at the F1 Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull recognizes Honda F1 that it is human error and a direct result of the new technical directive. The result was a crash on track with Lewis Hamilton.
Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner said it was a “nuisance” that protocol was changed during the season, but said Sergio Perez’s problem at the F1 Russian Grand Prix was not the result of a technical directive. ..
“Unfortunately, the wheel had slowed down a bit and the clutch was released while we were on the stand, which exacerbated the problem,” explained Christian Horner.
There are only three races that serve as data samples to determine the impact of the new technical guideline, and Red Bull Honda F1 cannot be accused of suddenly having a low pit stop.
However, the first trend is clear. According to data from F1 partner DHL, the average pit stop times for all but three teams since the summer break are AlphaTauri Honda (0.05 seconds), Ferrari (0.03 seconds) and Alpine (0.02 seconds). slightly improved.
The 2.02 second increase in average pit stop time for the Red Bull Honda F1 is significantly worse than the next big increase in Haas (0.91 seconds). But for the rest of the season, this problem will be resolved and converge to pre-summer levels.
Christian Horner also said: “I had enough time to practice in the factory because it was three races in a row. I don’t have much time to practice after I get to the track. It’s still at the level before the technical guideline was introduced. I won’t master the new system until I can get it back.”
But it is clear that Red Bull Honda F1 has suffered an unfortunate setback. Mercedes behind-the-scenes politics has taken control of previously clearly advantageous areas.
“I don’t think (technical guidelines) will fall,” said Christian Horner.
“Changes during the season are certainly not great, but inevitable. It’s the same for everyone, so we have to keep going.”
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