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THE STRATEGIST: With little data to go on thanks to the Sprint, who got their strategy spot on at Spa?

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 29: Oscar Piastri of Australia driving the (81) McLaren MCL60 Mercedes out of

The Sprint weekend format we saw at the Belgian Grand Prix can cause headaches for the teams’ strategy departments as there is only one practice session to gather crucial data, instead of the usual three. Former Aston Martin strategist Bernie Collins looks at who got it right – and wrong – on race day at Spa...

With the Sprint Shootout and then the Sprint itself replacing FP2 and FP3, the teams had fewer opportunities to either test upgrades or circuit-specific set-ups at Spa. The largest influence however can be found in the lack of high fuel running, resulting in a degree of strategy guesswork come Sunday's race.


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