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THE STRATEGIST: Playing team tactics is a risky game – so did it pay off for McLaren, Mercedes and more in Japan?

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
SUZUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 24: Oscar Piastri of Australia driving the (81) McLaren MCL60 Mercedes leads Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren MCL60 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka

Motorsport is unique among most sports in that while a team competes with the other teams to win the constructors’ championship, the drivers within each team are also competing with each other.

That fundamental reality of F1 can often mean conflict between team mates – especially when the pit wall need them to work together to achieve the best overall team result. Former Aston Martin strategist Bernie Collins takes a look at how it worked out for the teams who tried to do just that in the Japanese Grand Prix…



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