Williams data shows Baku pit stop a new record

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Williams data shows Baku pit stop a new record
Jonathan Noble
By: Jonathan Noble
Jun 22, 2016, 3:29 PM

Williams has revealed that its record-equalling pit stop at the European Grand Prix was actually faster than official timing claims.

Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38, arrives on the grid
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 on the grid
Felipe Massa, Williams F1 Team
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38

The Grove-based outfit matched Red Bull’s all-time record from 2013 with a 1.92 seconds stop for Felipe Massa in Baku last weekend.

However, analysis conducted by the team at its factory from in-car data has revealed that the stop was in reality slightly quicker.

The data suggests that the pitstop time was actually 1.89 seconds – which lifts it slightly clear of Red Bull’s best effort.

ln his column for Motorsport.com, Massa said that his team was not yet satisfied that it had reached the peak and was targeting going even quicker.

“Last year we were not one of the quickest teams to change tyres, due to a problem in the phase of the stop involving unscrewing the wheel nut that had overheated out on track,” he said.

“Over the winter months, the team invested heavily in both equipment and in preparation of the staff who conduct the pitstops.

"The result has been some really exceptional performances – but we think there is time to be found. The team is still working to improve!”

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Series Formula 1
Event European GP
Location Baku City Circuit
Drivers Felipe Massa Shop Now
Teams Williams
Author Jonathan Noble
Article type Breaking news