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MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: How Red Bull’s unique strategy helped seal their dominant 1-2 in Bahrain

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Mark Hughes
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Such was Red Bull’s performance superiority in Bahrain they could have won the race almost regardless of tyre strategy. However, the Red Bull RB19’s ability to be relatively gentle on the soft C3 tyre allowed it a better tyre strategy than its rivals, which only increased its advantage.

Ferrari, Aston Martin and Mercedes all ran the two-stop race with a soft/hard/hard combination. Their judgement from the practices – and testing the previous week – was that if they used the faster soft tyre for two stints, they would need to conserve the pace so much to get the stint lengths required for a two-stop (rather than a three) that it would be slower than doing two stints on the C1 hard.

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