True, very good example. I know another one. It is the Monza GP 2010 which was supposed to be a fight between the two McLarens and Alonso. With the new rules of banned refueling race strategy became much simpler down to a point where you actually don't have many choices. The name of the game there was to run as long as possible on a tire but as soon as one went to pits everybody has to react immediately as a single lap on fresh tires can be enough to take the lead. Unfortunately Hamilton crashed out in the first lap which meant that he not just destroyed his own chances of a win he also drastically reduced the chances of his teammate. Otherwise it could have become the prime example of going for a split strategy in order to put a massive pressure on Alonso. One of the two McLaren had won the race without the crash.
I dislike the lack of gambling in race strategy for long time now. Also sometimes you notice lack of ability to react quickly to sudden changes in the race. Usually when a safety car comes out. It feels like the guys on the pitwall fall asleep and then suddenly wake up and don't overlook the situation anymore. However to be fair if you are in such a situation you carry a massive responsibility. Doing a mistake can cost points, reputation, money or your job. Faced to that I can imagine that nobody really wants to step out and do something without being sure to have justification for it after the race. Which means they person in charge relies on the preset strategy, the simulations they run during the race and the staff in the background overlooking the race. Crosschecking that of course takes longer than taking a decision based on a single persons estimation of the current situation and brings conservative approaches. However they person can justify that later.
The other thing is the human itself. If you look at the people in your environment you wonder who of them is actually able to overlook a situation, do a good decision within seconds and be confident enough to stay with it and carrying its consequences? Most of the people in society are scared of anything and nobody wants to take any responsibility for their actions.
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