July 10th, 2019

ETH Zurich helps Sauber Group forward with Pit Stop Rig development

ETH Zurich, one of the world’s leading universities in the fields of science of technology, brought their technical expertise to the world of motorsport as part of a project to develop the most advanced pit stop rig in Formula One.

Sauber Engineering, a subsidiary of the Sauber group of companies which include Sauber Motorsport, who operates the Alfa Romeo Racing team, worked with a group of students from ETH Zurich to develop the equipment, designed with an aim to bring a new level of pit stop performance and produce an on-track advantage for the team. Making the most of ETH’s unparalleled mechanical and process engineering research, the co-operation was able to significantly contribute to translate this knowledge into practice under real-world circumstances.

Beat Zehnder, Team Manager Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team:  “Pit stops are one of the most tense and exciting features of a Grand Prix. In fact, races are frequently won and lost because of the pit stops and pit crews. In just a few seconds a huge number of actions are carried out by a Formula One pit crew. The collaboration between two Swiss organizations was a wonderful opportunity for the team and the ETH juniors to develop a pit stop rig as if the real car was approaching the pit stop position.”

Jakob Manz, Project Leader ETH Juniors: “We are proud of this project and the great relevance it has for the Sauber Group. The successful combination of an international stage with national roots greatly appealed to us and we were delighted we could apply our extensive expertise not only to our country but also to motorsports. Developments such as the pit stop rig are crucial to create fundamental technology for the Sauber group to aim for pit stop perfection.”