The Unsung Heroes

Fangio said, ‘the pilots are always mentioned, not the mechanics; without them, you could not race.’

And how true that is, the unsung heroes, without perfect teamwork of the pit crews, a Grand Prix weekend, despite the best efforts of the pilots, can be thwarted.

Formula 1 is not an individual sport; the best-motivated and professional team can make or break a race, even a championship.

During the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Red Bull created a Guinness World Record for the fastest pit stop in history; 1.8 seconds to get Max Verstappen back into the foray.

The teams must ensure their pit crews are motivated and remunerated adequately.

Pit Crew MemberPer RaceAnnual SalaryRace Winning Bonus
Crew Chief $10,000$1 Million$5,000
Refueling Person$5,000$350,000$2,500
Tyre Changers$5,000$350,000$2,500
Tyre Carriers$3,500$270,000$2,500
Jack Men$3,000$150,000$500
Wing Men$3,000$150,000$500
Starter Man$750$40,000$250
Fire Extinguisher Man$500$30,000$250