Ferrari Reveal the Reason Behind Their Woeful Pitstops in the 2020 F1 Season

Published 12/10/2020, 2:09 AM EST
Crew members surround Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany in pit lane during the first practice session of the U.S. F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


Ferrari have had a tumultuous Formula 1 season in all aspects. From having the least powerful engine on the grid to lacking downforce on their cars, it’s been a season from hell for them. To further compound their miseries, pit stops have been shambolic for them. 22% of the team’s total stoppages for tire change have taken more than 3.5 seconds.

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Diego Loverno, Ferrari’s Vehicle Operation engineer, has laid the blame on a problem associated with their wheel nut. Divulging further on the problem, he said“The thread is not strong enough, and so the nut has stripped several times. It’s a reliability problem we are working hard on to fix for next year.”

He feels that this problem has a knock-on effect on the whole pit crew, “When the guys feel, even unconsciously, that they are using a component that is more at risk, with a margin of error for engaging the wheel-gun that is much smaller, that has a negative effect on the whole procedure.”

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New pit crew also to blame for Ferrari

The Prancing Horse has been undergoing significant changes in personnel over the last couple of years. From replacing the Team Principal to parting ways with Sebastian Vettel, they are undergoing a revolution. Also part of that revolution is the pit crew. Hence, they need more time to coordinate –

 “It is clear therefore that it takes a little time for all those involved in the pit-stop to gel. There is no other sport that calls on perfect synchronization of over twenty people. That’s why the best teams are the ones that have used the same crew for several years.”

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – General view in the Ferrari pits FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Ferrari’s pit stops mirror their cars this season – slow and frustrating to watch. The ‘Tifosi’ won’t tolerate another disappointing campaign. They need the team to pull up their socks in all the departments. The team in red needs to make this wretched campaign a one-off and not the beginning of seasons of turmoil. They have the resources and they must use them more wisely.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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