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MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: With strategy on a knife-edge, how did Mercedes get the better of Aston Martin in Australia?

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Mark Hughes
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In an Australian Grand Prix which featured three red flags, it was the first of them – on Lap 8 for Alex Albon’s accident – which was the most strategically significant. Especially as it was preceded by a Safety Car.

The Safety Car was just a little too early into the 58-lap race to make it obvious whether or not to pit, taking advantage of the 10s saving over a pit stop with the pack at racing speed, but needing to manage the subsequent set of tyres all the way to the end.

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