The latest Formula One news is that Ferrari has signed a new wheel nut which could help it lower the time it takes to change tyres during crucial pitstops.
With a new ban on in-race refueling, the length of pit stops will be dependent entirely on how long it takes to change all four tyres.
Early indications suggest that the target time to replace all four tyres is around the three-second mark, meaning any mistakes will be heavily punished and could cost the teams valuable points.
Ferrari’s innovative new design features a cone-shaped nut that integrates better with the wheel gun.
The nut also automatically fastens, when previously it needed to be pulled manually by a mechanic.
Ferrari designer Nikolas Tombazis said: “We have worked over the winter to speed up the process of changing tyres.”
A number of teams focused on pit stop practice in Jerez this week, as the bad weather made development and set up work difficult.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team