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Singapore Grand Prix: Who Gained and Lost from Their Safety Car Pit Strategy?

It was inevitable. Each of the first six Singapore grands prix featured at least one safety car period. The seventh, last Sunday, was no exception. When a safety car is deployed in Formula One, there is usually a rush to the pits, as a stop while travelling at the reduced speed of the safety car does not cost nearly as much time as it would at race speed. However, what if you have just made a stop and are already running on fresh tyres? Or what if the safety car comes several laps before your planned pit stop window? Those types of scenarios are when the team strategists earn their pay cheques, as they often must make split-second decisions with their drivers' races hanging in the balance. In Singapore, we saw those situations—and mo...

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