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Pressure on mechanics grows: why do so many pit stops go wrong?

Pressure on mechanics is growing
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D the FIA ​​cash register is currently ringing. Every time a car leaves its pit position after a failed tire change with a loose wheel, the association asks the team concerned to pay 5,000 euros. If an accident happens, as in the case of Ferrari in Bahrain, 50,000 euros are due. Only McLaren got away with the loss of a wheel at Fernando Alonso during the tests in Barcelona with a black eye.

If that had happened at a race weekend, it would have been really expensive for McLaren. “An unsafe release costs 5,000 euros,” says FIA race director Charlie Whiting. 'But if someone tries to do a whole lap with a loose wheel to get back to the pits, then the penalty will be significantly higher.' The teams won't risk it. “We can tell from the data whether the wheel was loose.”

A dangerous position.

The man was standing in front of the rear wheel in the lane so that he did not have to turn during his presentation procedure. Since he saw at close range that the old wheel was still on the car, he didn't suspect anything and stayed in his position. There was no way he could see the calamity coming, but was extremely unfavorable when Raikkonen drove off.

Charlie Whiting announced that the FIA ​​is in the process of checking the pit stops for possible weak spots. Presumably, it will soon become mandatory that the impact wrenches are equipped with both a torque and a position sensor. Some models only measure torque. The mechanic on the bike only receives a green signal when the torque and position are correct.

However, according to Whiting, there must also be more options during the process to identify problems quickly. A return to the good old lollipop is not required. “That wouldn't do anything. Even with the current system, people still give the decisive impulse for the traffic light. ”


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