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STRATEGY UNPACKED: Did the new tyre allocation trial cause Russell’s Q1 exit in Hungary?

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins

The Hungarian Grand Prix saw the first trial of a reduction in the amount of tyres the drivers have at their disposal for the race meeting – and new rules about which tyres they had to use during each qualifying segment. But how did this trial affect the outcome of the weekend? Former Aston Martin strategist Bernie Collins explains all…

The Alternative Tyre Allocation (ATA) is part of F1’s ongoing attempt to reduce the environmental impact of the series. The ATA saw each driver allocated 11 sets of tyres rather than the normal 13. This sounds like a small change but it really adds up: two sets per driver equates to eight individual tyres per driver and therefore 160 tyres in a single race weekend.


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