5 worst pit stops in the history of Formula One
Daniel Ricciardo, primed for a race win at the Monaco Grand Prix after winning his first ever pole position, lost the win to a shoddy pit stop by team Red Bull, who did not have the Australian’s tyres ready when he pitted.
That mistake would prove to be what handed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton victory at the race, the first race victory this year for the double reigning world champion.
Here we look at five of the most disastrous pit stops in Formula One
Eddie Irvine, 1999 European GP
Driving at Germany’s Nurburgring, Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine was among the drivers having some difficulty with the rainy conditions at the track. Looking to switch to wets, Irvine pitted earlier than planned, radioing the team to inform them of the tyre change decision.
The pit crew came out with only 3 wet weather tyres – and realised the error too late. Irvine stalled for nearly an entire minute in the pits, effectively losing the race.
After finally locating the right-rear tyre, which had been missing, the pit crew then further delayed the driver as they attempted to ascertain whether it belonged to the set they were using.
That would lose Irvine nearly 30 seconds and cost him valuable championship points.