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THE STRATEGIST: How Haas cleverly used Magnussen to allow Hulkenberg to snatch the final point in Jeddah

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
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JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 09: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 VF-24 Ferrari

So far in the 2024 season the top five teams (Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren and Aston Martin) have a relatively comfortable pace advantage over the bottom five. Therefore in a race without incident or retirement there are no points on the table for the lower teams (Kick Sauber, RB, Haas, Williams and Alpine).

But on Saturday night in Jeddah, the retirement of Lance Stroll on Lap 6 not only triggered a Safety Car but also left a valuable point-scoring position up for grabs. Former Aston Martin strategist Bernie Collins explains how Haas worked together as a team – and switched their plan mid-race – to ensure this single precious point would be theirs…

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