When it comes to knowing stuff about the history of different styles of racing, I can tell you that my granular knowledge of F1 is lacking. I know drivers and races and some notable cars, but the inner workings and the evolution of how the races are attacked is foreign to me. That’s why I really loved this video which takes us through an awesome history of the Formula One pit stop.
The fact that the pit stop is kind of a modern F1 invention and the fact that for years the rules regarding how they were to be conducted were wide open is awesome. The dabbling of teams in actually trying to use stops as an advantage vs finishing the race on one tank and one set of tires is neat. Watching the procedure of fueling and tire changing move ahead is cool and the fires are horrifying.
Today’s F1 stops are usually about two seconds long. It is mental to think about that. It’s actually jarring to some degree but boy is it amazing to watch. It wasn’t always like that and this video takes us through that history. This is cool!