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Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes claim fastest pit stop at Spa

Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes pit crew were on impressive form in the Belgian Grand Prix as F1 restarted after the summer break. The Silver Arrows performed a tire change in 2.35 seconds on Lewis Hamilton’s car, thereby securing the DHL Fastest Pit Stop at Spa-Francorchamps.

Mercedes, however, were only marginally in front of Toro Rosso, who turned around Daniil Kvyat in 2.36 seconds and were thus only a hundredth of a second slower. The third-quickest stop of the twelfth race of the season went to Ferrari. The Scuderia fitted Sebastian Vettel with new tires in 2.50 seconds.

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Unlike the majority of races held so far this season, the Belgian Grand Prix of Belgium was not a one-stop race, as drivers had to come in at least twice to change tires due to high tire wear.

Crews completed a total of 40 pit stops at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, 14 of them in less than three seconds. Most of the stops were on Laps 29 and 30 when drivers used the safety car period to bolt on fresh tires for the final stages of the race.

While Hamilton chose the soft compound, Vettel went for ultrasofts, hoping to take P1 from the British driver. While his plan did not work, Vettel secured the DHL Fastest Lap on the softer compound and set a new track record at Spa.

2017 Belgian Grand Prix Fastest Pitstops:

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 2.35s
  2. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) – 2.36s
  3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – 2.50s
  4. Felipe Massa (Williams) – 2.51s
  5. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 2.62s
  6. Felipe Massa (Williams) – 2.62s
  7. Romain Grosjean (Haas) 2.64s
  8. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) – 2.70s
  9. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 2.74s
  10. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 2.80s