Editor’s Note: In another installment of our F1B Marbles column, we share the most recent thoughts of F1B reader and supporter Tim Covington as he discusses… the pits. Thanks to Tim for sending us this post and for continuing to support F1B. We hope you enjoy our Fan-based commentary that is F1B Marbles.
Ok . . . I admit it . . . I’m a NASCAR fan (along with being a fan of many other forms or motorsport). The part I find most interesting in NASCAR are the pit stops. Yes . . . pit stops. In NASCAR, you can have upwards of 8 to 10 pit stops in a race (or more) depending on the length of the race. The pit stops are like a ballet. You have crew members changing tires, others making chassis adjustments, others servicing the driver, and so on. All this is taking place within 13 to 16 seconds. It’s amazing what these crews can do to a car in such a short period of time.
Transition now to F1 . . . the pit stops in F1 are down to 3 and sometimes sub-3 seconds. Granted, most of the time those pit stops are for tires only. But changing tires in 3 seconds is incredible. I hope I can get that type of service the next time I need the tires on my truck rotated! I understand the reasoning behind banning refueling, but that task made the pit stops even more fascinating to watch. You also have to admire any crew that would stand in the pit lane waiting for a Formula 1 car to whip into its pit stall. One wrong move by a driver and you could see multiple team members taken out . . . literally. And, as has been said on many occasions, races can be won or lost in the pits . . . just ask Jaime Alguersuari and his bouncing tire from the Chinese Grand Prix.
I’ve read lots of posts where individuals just don’t like multiple pit stops. I hate to disagree . . . the more the better. If Formula 1 is really a team sport (and I believe it is), then lets spotlight the whole team . . . not just the drivers. A team is only as good as its weakest link. So, let’s see just how strong these teams really are.
I turn this post over to the people. Do you like pit stops? Would you like to see more pit stops? Would you like to see less pit stops? Your thoughts . . . .