In any race, a pit stop can really make or break a podium finish, especially in the fast-paced world of Formula 1 (F1).

If a pit crew does not operate like a well-oiled machine, even the best F1 driver stands little chance of clawing back lost time.

Astounding, then, how pits stops have evolved over the past six decades – from four men taking “just 67 seconds” to change two tires (with a hammer) and to refuel, to about 20 men taking less than five seconds to change all four tires.

Watch the video below to see how more than half a century of racing developments has made F1 the paragon of lightning-fast performance that it is today.

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