© Дмитрий Пучков
The Baku City Circuit hosted Formula 1 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE for the first time ever. Another chance to go down in history: Nico Rosberg and Mercedes seized the opportunity to secure the first grand prix victory in Azerbaijan, Williams dominated the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award again, producing one of the fastest Formula 1 pit stops ever!
Eight races, eight fastest pit stops: Williams left the competition no chance in Baku. Three of the four fastest stops went to the team from Grove. Only Red Bull Racing got in the way of a Williams hat-trick with the stop for Daniel Ricciardo.
But Williams not only achieved the fastest pit stop in the still nascent Formula 1 history of Azerbaijan, the team also matched the previous world record with a record stop of 1.92 seconds (Felipe Massa)! The previous top time was a stop by Red Bull driver Mark Webber in the 2013 United States Grand Prix, also in the record time of 1.92 seconds.
A look at the timesheet shows just how much the unbeaten Williams series of best times is driving the other teams to achieve similar top performances: 21 of the 33 pit stops during the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE were below the magic three-second benchmark figure! This shows once again that the #GreatIsInTheDetail motto could not be more apt where Formula 1 pit stops are concerned!
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