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MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: Ferrari have a quick car but Mercedes' risky call on tyres paid off in Mexico

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Mark Hughes

Kevin Magnussen’s lap 34 crash in Mexico broke up a Max Verstappen two-stop vs Charles Leclerc one-stop contest. With the race red-flagged everyone got to change their tyres for free and had no need of further pit stops. In this re-booted contest Verstappen simply drove off into the distance for his 16th win of the season, leaving behind a sometimes-enthralling dice between Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton for runner-up.

The background to that particular battle was the difficult choice over which tyres to fit for the remaining 36-lap distance. This was no simple calculation and it was a decision being agonised over by pretty much every team.


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