Formula One News » Lotus to trial new rear jack Posted on 05/04/2013
With Red Bull Racing having made a record 2.05s pit stop at the Malaysian grand prix, teams are now looking for those extra tenths in pit stops. Lotus has revealed they have been working on a new rear jack which could give them those extra vital tenths of a second.
Lotus Race Team Manager Paul Seaby said “The crew came in for pit stop practice, We had a good, productive day, starting with a briefing to analyse where improvements need to be made before completing about forty practice stops with a running show car.
“We tried out a new rear jack which proved to be an instant hit, raising the rear of the car a lot quicker. We’re looking for tenths of a second, so any small details like that can make a big difference.”
“Our best stops are down to about 2.4 seconds now and we’re consistently hitting between 2.5 and 2.7 seconds which is not bad at all for a live stop.
“Performing push stops, where a few of the guys physically push the car into position, can flatter you a bit as it’s easier to get the gun on the nut, so considering that this is as ‘live’ as you can get without being out on track I’m pleased with our progress.”