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THE STRATEGIST: How Alonso held off Perez in a much faster car to seal P3 in Brazil

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
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Aston Martin began the season in impressive form with Fernando Alonso scoring six podiums in the first eight Grands Prix. After a dip in results for the team, the Spaniard was back on the rostrum in Brazil, holding off Sergio Perez in a photo finish after 71 laps to hold on to third place.

This weekend Alonso’s AMR23 certainly looked closer to the impressive pace it showed earlier in the season, but it’s clearly not as quick as the all-conquering Red Bull RB19. So how did Alonso defend that P3 placing from a much stronger car throughout the race in Sao Paulo? Aston Martin’s former Head of Strategy Bernie Collins dives into the data to find out…

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