DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award: FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2019 (Alex Albon / Red Bull)

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In Mexico, Red Bull took a big step towards wrapping up the 2019 DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. When F1 rookie Alexander Albon came in for his second pit stop on Lap 44, the Milton Keynes-based outfit dispatched him in under two seconds, more precisely 1.93. It was the fastest pit stop of the race by a clear margin.

Renault executed the second-fastest service in Mexico, changing Daniel Ricciardo’s tires in 2.31 seconds, significantly slower than the Australian driver’s former team. Third place went to Ferrari: the Scuderia sent Charles Leclerc on his way after 2.39 seconds at his second stop.

The race was notable for various problems in the pits. McLaren were guilty of an unsafe release, but Lando Norris at least got off without incurring a penalty. There were complications too for Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and on Leclerc’s second stop. Giovinazzi was worst affected, losing a full 22.64 seconds. In Leclerc’s case, it was 6.2.

Surprisingly, Williams also had an off day, with neither Robert Kubica nor George Russell making it into the Top Ten for fastest stops in Mexico, a blip that has had drastic consequences in the overall standings. The 25 points scored by Red Bull have allowed them to pull away from Williams, who had been staging such a solid comeback at this late stage of the season. The Bulls on 411 points have now established a 27-point lead over Williams on 384. Read more:…

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