F1 pit stops haven’t always been the 2-second synchronized dances we see today. In the past, they were much, more dangerous. From the utter chaos of the first F1 pit stops, to no pit lane speed limits to spectacular fuel fires, join me as we take a look at the incredible evolution of the F1 pitstop.
Pitstops are something we take for granted in F1 now. They play a huge roll in the outcome of the race and in more recent years have been used by the governing bodies to spice up the sport when it seems as though a couple of teams are making the races a bit dull by winning everything.
They are now mandatory as each car must pit and swap tyres so they have used both stipulated compounds during the race. But have pitstops always played a key role in the outcome of Grand Prix races and how have they evolved over the years?
To answer these questions and remind ourselves of some startling facts, we must go all the way back to the very first car races.