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STRATEGY UNPACKED: Bernie Collins dissects the red flag dilemma facing the teams in Melbourne

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
Aston Martin's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and other drivers line up in the pit lane during a

Safety Cars and red flag stoppages characterised the 2023 Australian Grand Prix. How did teams react and why? Who won and lost? The optimum strategy pre-race was believed to a one-stop strategy using the medium and hard tyres. However, rain during FP2 meant that teams did not have the good read on tyre performance…

Albon’s crash on Lap 7 at Turn 7 provided a big decision for the teams. Should they stop at this Safety Car and fit a hard tyre? That would save them stopping again before the end of the race. The Safety Car saves around 6s compared to a normal pit stop as the cars that remain on track are forced to drive move slowly, while the speed of a car through the pit lane is unaffected compared to a stop under green flag conditions.



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