Slow-motion video shows the insane speed of Formula 1 pitstops

Whether you like motor sports or not, the space age engineering, design prowess, and mechanical dexterity of Formula 1 teams is something anyone can really admire. The speed of the pit stop crews is something that is hard to believe. How can they do it in 2.05 seconds? Discover how in this slow motion video.

Watch A 2.05-Second Formula One Pitstop In Ultra Slow-Motion

Red Bull holds the record for the fastest F1 pit stop at a barely-believable 2.05 seconds. Here's what that kind of stop looks like in real time, and below is what that looks like in gloriously detailed slow-mo.

There are two factors that make Formula One pit stops so much faster than any other pit stop in the motorsports world.

1) F1 cars aren't allowed to refuel in pit stops

2) F1 teams can have big crews of people to change all four tires at once. Other motorsports limit the number of people allowed near a car in the pits, slowing down the stops in Nascar and sports car racing. Not that Nascar pit stops aren't awesome.

What this means for F1 teams, though, is they have to absolutely coordinate a large team of people into a perfect choreography. The wheelmen are already moving in to change the tires before the car has even come to a halt, for instance.


It's this kind of precision timing (and hundreds of practice sessions like this one) that will have F1 teams breaking the two second mark any race now.

(Hat tip to McNewbie!)