2018 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview – With MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS
Race Weekend: 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix
It’s round 12 of the 2018 Formula 1 Season and we’re travelling to Hungary which is the final race before the summer break.
Toto Talks Hungary – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview
Toto Wolff: “We’ve had our fair share of bad luck this season, but it felt like our fortunes turned around in Hockenheim.”
“A one-two is always a great result; to get it on Mercedes home turf after starting from P2 and P14 on the grid was absolutely incredible. However, in the cold light of day, we also know and recognise that we did not bring the quickest car to Hockenheim.”
“We’ve passed the halfway point of the season and we lead both championships by very close margins. Each and every member of our team has worked very hard to make this possible and the determination and energy in our factories seems to be ever-growing.”
“We all know that no prizes are given out for half-time champions, so we will keep pushing to improve our performance.”
“Hungary will see another tough fight with both Ferrari and Red Bull. It’s a high downforce track and on paper they should both be very fast in Budapest. However, if there’s one thing the German Grand Prix taught us, it’s the fact that predictions don’t determine race results.”
“We will give it everything to go into the summer shutdown with as many points as possible.”
Featured This Week – Chasing Pit Stop Perfection – 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview
Chasing Pit Stop Perfection
It’ll take longer for you to read this sentence than it takes a Formula One team to complete a pit stop. That’s how quick modern-day tyre changes are.
Well, at least in theory – if you change the tyre choice last minute, it can take slightly longer…
What is the most important factor for a good pit stop? Achieving the perfect F1 pit stop is far from easy. It requires all of its intricate elements to be working in absolute harmony.
This is a tough task, particularly when the pit stop falls in the midst of a tense on-track battle. Cars arrive and depart in a little over two seconds – well, that’s the aim, anyway.
Anything over that mark is considered a ‘slow stop’, which is remarkable when you think about the amount of activity that happens in such a short space of time.
Outright speed, however, is actually not the most important goal for the team – instead, it’s all about consistency. A 1.9-second stop is great, but if you follow that up later in the race with a 3.6-second tyre change that advantage is lost.
Teams are looking for their pit stop times to be consistent across not only individual races but the season as a whole. What exactly do the individual crew members doin a pit stops?
Within the tight timeframe of an F1 pit stop, the first step is the car coming into the box and stopping on the marks. One crew member will be holding a stop board, indicating where exactly the front tyre should come to a stop.
Once the car has reached its position, the sign will go up and it will then be lifted up by the people operating the front and rear jacks. It’s at this point that the tyre crew get to work.
There are 12 people involved in changing the tyres, three on each of the car’s four corners: one operating the wheel gun, one taking the old tyre off and another placing the new tyre on.
Once the wheel nuts have been loosened, the worn tyres are taken off and new ones are then fitted. The wheel nuts are tightened and if the crew members are happy that they are safely on, they will hit a button on their wheel guns to confirm this.
While this is going on, there are two crew members positioned at the front of the car to adjust the front wing flags, using electrically-operated guns.
There are also two placed in the middle of the car, to steady it on the jacks, clear the radiators and clean the driver’s visor and mirrors when required.
Another team member is overseeing the pit stop and the pit lane traffic. This person has the final say as to whether the traffic light gantry system goes green,