Pit Stop Challenge 2014

The Pit Stop Challenge was 2014’s big event!

We asked 11-14 year-olds across the UK to help the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1TM Team pit crew improve their pit stop performance. The quicker the team works, the faster cars are back on the race track.

Because every second counts, consistent performance is crucial to winning the race. Students had to use resources and research to come up with a hypothesis based on the real-life experience of a Formula 1TM pit crew’s conditions.

Teams of finalists were invited to explore the GSK Human Performance Lab (HPL), witnessing some of the machines in action and learning more about the relationship between sport, technology and science from the HPL’s leading sport scientists.

The top three teams won a special backstage pass to the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC), where the McLaren Formula 1TM team trains for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour.

There was even a surprise visit from Formula 1TM driver Kevin Magnussen, who had stepped out of his training to say hello to the winners and answer some of their questions.

Overall competition winner, Luke Bryant from Solihull School, said:  "It doesn’t get any better than this – I’d like to think I could work here when I’m older." His school won £1,000 of science equipment vouchers as an extra prize.