Posted on April 16, 2014


The UBS Chinese Grand Prix is always an intriguing race and strategy has played a significant role in the outcome in recent years. Overtaking is easy here because of the longest straight in F1 at 1.17km, so teams can plan for the fastest strategy knowing that traffic will not be a huge problem. That said, the speed differential between cars due to the new hybrid turbo engines, could see cars with less straight line speed struggle to pass midfield cars with good straightline speed. Unlike many F1 venues, where protecting the rear tyres is key to success, Shanghai is all More…

Posted on April 17, 2013


This weekend’s Bahrain promises to be another tense race and is likely to be decided on race strategy, if last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix and last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix are anything to go by. And one important detail to note is that Pirelli has changed the tyre specification for this weekend from the soft compound tyres which proved short-lived in China, to mediums, which have been used in every race so far. Alongside this tyre is the hard compound, which was used in Malaysia. Due to lead times and logistics, this decision will have been made before the Chinese More…

Posted on April 9, 2013


After the dramas of the first two Grands Prix, the tenth running of the Chinese Grand Prix should provide another very open contest, with strategic decisions likely to be the deciding factor once again. After the high temperatures and high tyre degradation of Malaysia, Shanghai will see a less extreme picture, as far as tyre wear is concerned. Whereas Sepang was all about managing the rear tyres, Shanghai is all about getting the front tyres at the optimum temperature for qualifying and then managing them in the race. The first sector of the lap features a series of slow corners; More…

Posted on March 20, 2013


This weekend the F1 teams move to Sepang, Malaysia for the second round of the championship. After the stunning victory of Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus in Melbourne, all of the leading teams will have gone away to look at how they can work on their car to help the strategy. The goal will be to try to emulate Lotus’ ability to run at a strong pace while using one less set of tyres (and therefore one less pit stop) than the opposition. The conditions in Melbourne were cool. Last year Lotus was stronger in hot conditions, like Malaysia and Bahrain. More…

Posted on November 21, 2012


It’s been one of the most exciting seasons of F1 and it looks like it may have one more twist before it’s over. This weekend the World Drivers’ Championship will be decided at the Brazilian Grand Prix, between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. It seems straightforward for Vettel. He needs only to finish fourth or better regardless of Alonso’s result to win the title. Red Bull is the form team at Interlagos, having won this race for the last three years in a row. But it looks as though fate may intervene, with rain forecast on Saturday and Sunday. As More…

Posted on November 14, 2012


This weekend the F1 teams will race on the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the first time. And it could well be the title decider with Sebastian Vettel 10 points ahead of Fernando Alonso and only 50 points left on the table. So what will this race turn on? What is the secret to being competitive at Austin and how will the all-important race strategy play out? The new Circuit of the Americas looks very attractive from a drivers’ and spectators’ point of view. It has a little bit of everything; Mercedes’ simulations suggest the circuit More…

Posted on November 2, 2012


Ferrari will need no reminding of how painful the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was for the team; it highlighted how critical Race Strategy really is and how a bad call can cost the world championship. Following a strategic blunder by the Ferrari engineers, Fernando Alonso came out of a pit stop behind a slower car, which he could not then overtake. It cost him the world championship, which was won by the man he challenges again this year for the title, Sebastian Vettel. Yas Marina is tough circuit on which to overtake and so qualifying and race strategy are More…



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