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The drivers might get all the glory, but there’s more than a little artistry to the work done by their pit crews. Often highly qualified professionals with years of experience behind them, their work can save a driver the fractions of a second needed to claim victory in a race.
But as this video shows, not every racing code is the same.
Formula 1, with its 14-member pit crew teams is obviously the fastest. But it’s also the easiest on the eyes, with the mechanics moving in a kind of choreographed ballet.
IndyCar is also pretty impressive and NASCAR has some serious thrill factor with the crews seemingly just millimeters away form the racing action.
Given that the name of the game is getting in as many laps as possible, it should hardly be surprising that the endurance racers are the most meticulous. Then again, you’re always going to have a little extra time if you’re changing drivers.
We will say on thing though: Formula E seriously needs to find a solution beyond just changing cars if it’s to really become entertaining as a TV event.