Red Bull rivals very impressed by world record pitstops 10 April, 2013 After Red Bull beat McLaren‘s old -unofficial – pitstop speed world record no fewer than five times during the course of the Malaysian Grand Prix, rivals have been studying the case with great curiosity and admitting they are impressed by the feat. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the competition has concluded that Red Bull’s advantage is not due to having a superior crew, or having simply invested more time practicing. “One or two fantastic stops, you can imagine that,” McLaren sporting director Sam Michael is quoted as saying. “But five, with that consistency – that’s really impressive.” The suspicion is that Red Bull has stepped up a gear with its pitstop equipment and technology. Red Bull Racing wheel gun “Our guys are certainly not inferior to Red Bull’s, and all of our training methods have been optimised,” said Michael. Analysis shows that Red Bull has made a half-second per pistop time improvement in 2013 compared to last season. “You can make a jump like that with developments in the equipment,” Michael said. One theory is that Red Bull is using higher air pressure for the wheel-nut guns. Indeed, every time a Red Bull crew member uses his gun, he dutifully puts it away in a bag, suggesting they are hiding a secret. “You can hear that they are using more pressure than the others,” Williams team manager Dickie Stanford said. Red Bull Racing practice pit stops at Sepang But Michael disagrees: “I doubt anyone is going over 30 bar. Maybe they’ve simplified the switching mechanism, and it’s now electronic rather than mechanical. Things like that could save you time.” Stanford, meanwhile, admitted Williams’ investigation shows that the Red Bull crew is so easily able to throw the new wheels onto the car. “At Red Bull they’re throwing it on and apparently not even knowing if it’s properly seated. It (the wheel) seems to go on by itself,” he is quoted as saying. That would imply that Red Bull has perfected the design of the hub, wheels and nuts so that the wheel is always perfectly seated when the wheel gun is pressed on. Related NewsMarko: With a better engine we would be at the top, but we have 80 horsepower deficitFuel flow sensor problems persist for Red Bull in MalaysiaRicciardo: I’m really disappointed, but at the same time there’s a little bit in me which is happyVettel: We have a long way to go, these guys are bloody quick, congratulations to themRed Bull: It’s great to have two guys pushing like they areRicciardo handed 10 place grid penalty for BahrainMarko accuses Rosberg of not using his mirrors in QualifyingVettel shows champion qualities despite early scare to make front rowRed Bull: A great performance from both drivers, beyond our expectationHorner: Personally I think it would be easier to get rid of the fuel flow sensor Apex Assassin At least there is still innovation in F1. It’ll probably be banned next week. fools “I doubt anyone is going over 30 bar. Maybe they’ve simplified the switching mechanism, and it’s now electronic rather than mechanical. Things like that could save you time.” ——————————————————————————With that said and Michael in charge of pit crew why havent they done so either? He seems to be under the impression that he knows what they or not doing. just my 2 cents. Regardless if it will be banned or not. Adam22 Magnetic used?