Williams are currently the masters of the pit-stop. They’ve been the quickest in the box for most of this season–not to mention last year. Pit stops don’t always go so slickly though. Here are 5 pit stop fails from this decade.
5. Jenson Button Leaves the Pits in a 3-Wheeler
Jenson entered the pits at his home grand prix in 2011 with the chance to score some good points. The stop was a quick one, mainly because only three wheels were tightened on the car. Jenson almost got out of the pits before realizing it was all over.
4. Toro Rosso Vs Caterham
The 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix saw two lowly teams give themselves absolutely no chance in a busy pit window. A Caterham pulls in, Jean-Eric Vergne pulls out. It cost JEV a massive amount of time and ruined his race. The Caterham would have finished at the back anyway…
3. Hamilton Visits old Colleagues
There must have been something wavy in the pit-lane air at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, because as well as the Toro Rosso/Caterham shunt, Lewis Hamilton pulled his Mercedes into the McLaren pit box. He was probably just missing some of the familiar faces.
2. Painful Rookie Pit-Stop
How not to impress your new team. Nakajima’s first ever pit-stop was more than messy. Disappoint your new team? Check. Give your tyre-man a sore arse? Check.
1. D’Ambrosio Doped out
Where is the least likely place to lose control of an F1 car? The 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix saw Jerome D’Ambrosio lose it on the turn in to his pit box. The dejected stance of his crew says it all. The sighs of anguish exhaled from the Marussia team can still be heard faintly on the Budapest wind to this day.