The crunch lap

While it’s raining out there in France right now (although it may blow away by race time) there must be at least one man with a personal dark cloud over his head, Stefano Domenicali.

Ferrari have been pretty consistent in one area this year and that has been pit strategy. So far Ferrari seem to have split their fuel strategies by 1 lap. So far so good.

We saw in Qualifying that Kimi was faster than Massa (unusual for qualifying) so he’s probably on the lighter of the fuel strategies. We also saw that once Kimi knew he’d got Pole he dived back into the pits saving a lap of fuel. Oooops. Hold on now both him and Massa have the same amount of fuel on board.

So what should they do? In reality they aren’t going to want to stack their cars in the pits, so Kimi will probably just have to come in on the same stop.

What would Schumi do?

If you wanted to be really sneaky then the lead driver could, for example, mishear the pit communication and stay out an extra lap. His team mate would be forced to wait behind him in the pit, forcing the win.

This is exactly the kind of thing that would have happened at McLaren last year. I don’t think it will happen this year though. Massa is a huge team player. He really believes in Ferrari and so wouldn’t mess them around. Kimi has his own kind of morality in this area too. Schumacher would want to win at any cost. Kimi is almost playing his own game. He wouldn’t count something like this as “winning”. He would want to prove that he was the fastest on the track.

So my guess is that it won’t happen. But I wanted to mention it in advance, just in case it does.

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About Alex Andronov

Alex Andronov is a writer who lives in the UK. He is currently working on 7 novels, 5 film scripts, 2 plays, 2 TV series, 1 history of the United States, 1 travelogue and trying to find some focus.
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