siskue2005 wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:29 am
GPR -A wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:22 am
Restomaniac wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:17 am
Let’s put this in context.
Ferrari torpedoed their number 2 for their number 1.
In the same race.
Mercedes almost gave their number 2 an undercut on their number 1. To the clear annoyance of that same number 1.
And a double stack, where it was hardly required, while they clearly knew that their lead driver didn't even have a new set of Mediums, whereas the second driver had one!!! Amazing.
they did that to be fair to two drivers, and it was the best option
All along, Mercedes' rules of engagement has been that, the lead driver gets to pit first and gets the most optimum strategy. There have been instances where (and it's mostly not Lewis) the second driver got the first pit stop as there was genuine and inherent danger of losing second place. Here, the double stack was definitely not required .
I remember 2016 Austria when initially Lewis was put on one stop and then for no reason, it was changed to two stop and despite having managed the race lead comfortably, Lewis lost the lead to Nico due that ridiculously stupid strategy move. So, Mercedes has this habit of shooting in their own foot by going for things kind of stupid strategies for the sake of being OVERTLY fair.