McLaren is targeting is two-second pitstops for 2013 Formula 1 season, and they are ready to introduce few technology changes for next season.
Jenson Button’s pitcrew set a new world record for the fastest-ever pitstop in Formula 1 history: 2.31s at German Grand Prix race.
McLaren sporting director Sam Michael believes that there is more time to be found. And also it is achievable goal.
“Our target for next year is two-second pitstops. We thought we’d get down to it this year. We can do it,” he told Autosport.
“We’ll be really busy this winter taking the next step along that idea. Our target is to get there during the winter so that two-second pitstops are normal rather than flash in the pan. That involves people and equipment.
“We’ve got a few technology changes for next year, but already compared to our preparation for the first race next year will be completely different from this year. Our target is to start off there right away in Melbourne.”
“Mercedes were the benchmark last year. Ferrari were definitely a benchmark at the start of this year, but they’ve just stayed still, Red Bull and ourselves have just gone five or six tenths quicker than everybody. Red Bull definitely caught up to us in the last few races. They’ve definitely changed some things to do that. I know what they’ve done.” he said.
Transitory still hard in F1 despite the introduction of the DRS, Michael believes jumping rivals during pitstops is still a significant aid. He added that broke the record was satisfying and also saving milliseconds is massive.
“The most important thing when you’re an engineer in Formula 1 is that you’re working on things that you can see make a difference, and the pitcrew has done that this year, I’m really proud of the job that they’ve done – not just the guys in the factory who have brought along the technology, but the humans in the garage. Michael added.
“It’s not doing the pitstop time. When we broke the record at Hockenheim, it wasn’t that we broke the record [that was satisfying], it was that we jumped [Sebastian] Vettel by doing it. When it’s so close, with 50 milliseconds here or there, pitstops make a big difference to the race outcome. Saving half a second is massive.”