Tech Talk: Italian Grand Prix analysis – Scuderia Ferrari

In our usual debrief, Inaki Rueda, the Scuderia’s Head of Race Strategy explains what the plans were at the start given the grid positions with Charles 13th and Sebastian 17th. GP ITALIA F1/2020 – GIOVEDI 03/09/2020 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office. At this point, he was actually fighting with Alex Albon (Red Bull) who had to take a five-second penalty and with Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and we decided to make a relatively early pit stop (lap 17) to switch to the Hards, which are very long-lasting. At this point, everything changed when Magnussen parked his car at the side of the track just before the pit lane entry. Usually, pitting under the safety car saves 40% of the time: if a pit stop costs 20 seconds when the race is neutralised it only costs 12. Once the pit lane was open again, almost the entire field pitted for their first and obligatory tyre change and Charles was now sixth at the restart. Our driver did really well on the restart lap, overtaking both Alfa Romeos so that he was theoretically third. GP ITALIA F1/2020 – SABATO 05/09/2020 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office. GP ITALIA F1/2020 – DOMENICA 06/09/2020 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office.

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