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THE STRATEGIST: Hamilton and Bottas risked a ‘reverse strategy’ at Monza – so how did they make it work?

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
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Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza is historically a one-stop race and despite Pirelli introducing softer tyre compounds than last year, a one-stop strategy running the medium and then hard tyres still remained the strong preference among the teams on Sunday.

Seven drivers at the back of the field ended up aborting onto two-stop strategies. Two other drivers remained on the one-stop strategy, but stand out as bucking the medium start tyre trend – and making it work. Former Aston Martin strategist Bernie Collins explains how they did it…

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