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The Evolution of Formula 1 Pit Stops: Speed and Consistency

A popular military saying goes, "Slow is smooth; smooth is fast." That is certainly true for Formula One pit stops, where more than 20 people wait motionless as a race car flies toward them at highway speed before they burst into action, changing four tyres and making adjustments to the car in under three seconds. If any one of those people—including the driver—are off by a few centimetres, a whole race and weeks of work can be destroyed faster than you can say, "Mark Webber's wheel is loose!" As legendary American sheriff Wyatt Earp once said, per Ludovica Iaccino of the International Business Times, "You need to take your time in a hurry." Last season, Red Bull set a record with a sub-two-second pit stop at the United States ...

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