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04-25-2014 07:28 AM  6 years ago
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Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today

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04-25-2014 11:40 AM  6 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Well, to be fair, there were more than 4 crew in the second one.There, their and they're. It's really that simple.
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04-25-2014 02:02 PM  6 years ago
dkshema

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I think I counted about 22 crew members. No one was using a sledge hammer on the wheel nuts.

Rules have changed and technology marches on.

Of course in the 1950's version, it really didn't seem that people were in too much of a hurry to get things done in the pits, either. The fuel cap seemed to take a lot of extra time opening and closing. Did you notice the poor chap on the car jack at the front? Could have saved some time if he weighed a few more pounds. It took several tries to get the car up on jacks to begin with.
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04-25-2014 03:01 PM  6 years ago
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I didn't see them fueling the modern race car. Maybe there more efficient these days?"Whats Right is Right and Whats Wrong is Not Flying"
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04-25-2014 03:09 PM  6 years ago
dkshema

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True, no fuel on that stop, but they replaced all four tires in less time than it took the one guy to pick up the sledge hammer and start to wail on the right front nut.-----
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04-25-2014 03:27 PM  6 years ago
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They changed the rules a couple years ago banning refuellling, the cars now have to carry the full race fuel load at the starting grid. But even when refueling was allowed they could pull off a stop in 10 sec or less.

There have been a lot of rules changes recently, especially about pit stops. All intended to slow the cars down, make races more competive and encourage more passing, etc.

In the last 10-15 years its gotten to the point where the the top couple teams are so evenly matched and passing is so dangerous that overtaking mostly only happened during pit stops. Pit stop strategy became a key to championships, and this was something that Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team where really famous for being wizards at in the late 90s early 2000s - they would pull off two stop strategies on circuits where other teams went for 3 and win because of it.
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