The Hungarian Grand Prix on paper was supposed to be the one in which the technical directive of the discord over the minimum time to be respected between the fixing of the tires and the release of the car (two tenths), a potential regulatory change that had been hypothesized, sparking controversy by Red Bull (the technical directive was later wrecked). Helmut Marko and Christian Horner have pointed out on several occasions that Red Bull has tried during the Mercedes domination in the turbo-hybrid era to find in any area tenths able to counteract the advantage in favor of Mercedes constituted by the power unit. The pit stops have returned to the ‘fundamentals’ in which Red Bull excels and last Sunday the mechanics of the Milton Keynes team proved it for the umpteenth time.
It’s the fastest time of the season so far – @redbullracing take the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award in Hungary with this scorching stop ⏱🔥
– Formula 1 (@ F1) August 3, 2021
On the occasion of the second stop made by Max Verstappen the mechanics changed the tires in 1.88 seconds, a monstrously fast time that represents the season’s speed record in pit stops. A ‘miracle’ that did little to help as the Red Bull RB16-B was heavily damaged following the carom of the first corner triggered by Valtteri Bottas. This record during the first of the two stops could have changed the very painful race disputed by the Dutchman after what happened at the start. Red Bull tried to mark Lewis Hamilton’s undercut with no success. Keeping behind Hamilton’s W12 for Verstappen would still have probably been impossible, but stepping over Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren who had stopped with him would have been crucial to tackle a different second stint and attack. The Dutchman, in fact, was blocked behind McLaren # 3 until the decision to face an additional stop – the record one – to have an advantage in terms of tires impossible to equalize by the former boxmate at the time of the Red Bull.