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Analysis: First mover advantage swings outcome of F1 Abu Dhabi GP - or does it?

The final round of the 2018 F1 world championship featured a lot more overtaking than some previous races at Yas Marina Circuit.

Analysis: How the strategy led to the conflicts in Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

The Brazilian F1 Grand Prix provided some great talking points this year and clashes between drivers, but the seeds of these incidents were sown as...

"It's not going to be straightforward": Why Mexico was so tough for F1 teams

"It's not going to be straightforward to the end, Max" was the message to Max Verstappen from his engineer as he led in Mexico.

Holding your nerve: How Ferrari restored pride in F1 US GP with strategy masterclass

The Americans love their sport as entertainment and Formula 1 served up a superb Grand Prix in Austin that had the perfect blend of virtuoso drivin...

Analysis: Covert games in midfield catch the eye as F1 title battle fizzles out

There's a saying among F1 strategists that the faster and more dominant the car, the easier the strategy calls.

Analysis: Why Hamilton and Vettel had very different Russian F1 GP experiences

When things are going for you in Formula 1, they really go for you.

Mind the gap: What could Ferrari have done differently to sway Singapore F1 GP?

As with 2017, Singapore was a potentially decisive race weekend in the championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Analysis: The human side of F1 race strategy that led Ferrari to lose in Monza

This was one of the best Grand Prix races for years, with the right mix of super high speeds, close racing, emotion and strategy intrigue which kep...

Analysis: How Belgian F1 Grand Prix could affect the rest of the championship

This was an unusual Belgian Grand Prix in many respects from a strategy point of view.

Analysis: Why clear air was the only way to go in Hungarian F1 GP

There's nothing quite like a wet qualifying session to make things interesting for a Grand Prix and in Budapest we had just such a scenario.

Analysis: How Fine margins swung balance Lewis Hamilton's way in tight F1 duel

F1 is a sport where fine margins make the difference and some Grands Prix really highlight that.

Dealing with disruption: Behind the scenes of the decision making in Austrian F1 GP

Disruption is everywhere in the modern world, few can escape it.

Insight: The decisions behind the key talking points of the F1 French Grand Prix

Going to a new circuit, or one that hasn't been used during the F1 racing life of most of the competitors, presents multiple challenges and the ret...

Analysis: How Ferrari missed the chance to inflict more F1 misery on Lewis Hamilton

The Canadian Grand Prix has always been a track where the unexpected can happen, where there are options for race strategy and the DRS wing is very...

Analysis: The ifs, buts and maybes that held back Vettel and Hamilton in Monaco F1

Normally when the leader of a Grand Prix has a problem on the power unit that costs him 160hp, over two seconds a lap of pure performance, the purs...

Mercedes Spanish GP domination: An outlier or the start of a trend?

We said at the start of this 2018 F1 season that with the car that they have, Ferrari could win the championship only if they execute perfectly.

Do Baku GP strategy decisions show F1 teams' mentality on title prospects?

This year in F1, with heated competition between the three top teams we are seeing not only close racing but drivers, teams and especially strategi...

Analysis: The details that let Ferrari down and how Red Bull snatched the F1 win

This was a race Ferrari had two chances to win, Mercedes had one chance to win, Max Verstappen had a chance to win and yet Red Bull actually won it...

Analysis: How did Vettel hold Bottas off in Bahrain GP and did Mercedes pull a punch?

After the rather mundane Australian Grand Prix this was a more interesting race strategically.

Analysis: How the Australian F1 GP got away from Lewis Hamilton

For the second year in a row the Australian Grand Prix was won by Ferrari on a race strategy twist and a strong opportunistic drive by Sebastian Ve...

Analysis: Lots of pointers for 2018 from on track decisions in Abu Dhabi 2017

The 2017 season finale was not as high on drama and tension as last year’s edition, with the drivers and constructors’ championships both decid...

Analysis: How Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo lit up Brazilian F1 Grand Prix

With the championship already decided there was a certain sense of ‘nothing to lose’ about the decision-making running through the penultimate ...

Analysis: Setting off a chain reaction - how to make things happen in F1 races

Mexico is a great event, with huge crowds, but it’s turning out to be a place for strange races, due to the unique circumstances of the altitude,...

Analysis: How Verstappen shook the tree, why Bottas faced more F1 misery in Austin

Red Bull have come on strongly late in the season after a slow start, as happened last year and they increasingly play a prominent role in race out...

Insight: How Red Bull forced Mercedes' hand in tense F1 tactical battle

It is easy for fans to assume that a one-stop race is straightforward for all teams concerned, but in the case of the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix, not...

Why Vettel's challenge faded and how Mercedes showed their hand on Bottas F1 role

The Malaysian Grand Prix went out in style with an entertaining race featuring a win for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and championship contender Seb...

Singapore GP analysis: The secret of balancing risk and reward in F1

The tenth anniversary event at the Singapore Grand Prix brought its first wet race and created a whole new set of unknowns into a what is tradition...

Analysis: When F1 strategy turns into gamesmanship. Mercedes vs Ferrari needle in Italian Grand Prix

The Italian Grand Prix is never the most interesting race of the season from a strategy point of view, being a certain one stop race.

Analysis: Decisions that decide F1 pole and race results and trigger a team mate feud

On the face of it, for the second year in a row the Belgian Grand Prix was finely balanced when a Safety Car intervened and neutralized the strateg...

Towards Spa F1 Grand Prix: Who's got the right tyres to be competitive this weekend?

This weekend F1 returns from its summer break to race at Spa-Francorchamps and one of the hot topics is sure to be whether teams and drivers have m...

Analysis: "Dodge things that lose you time" The behind the scenes moves in Hungary F1 GP

Ferrari came to Hungary needing a strong win after the huge setback of Silverstone and they got it, thanks to some determined team play and some cl...

Analysis: What was going on behind the scenes in F1 British GP and why did the race end as it did?

The British Grand Prix turned out to be a dominant win for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, but the strategy that underlined the rest of the race outco...

How Hamilton and Bottas worked around Ferrari F1 team game with Raikkonen

A slow burn of a Grand Prix, that built to an exciting climax in the final laps; this was a race that the winner might have lost had there been one...

Insight: What is the secret to picking your way through F1 Safety Car chaos?

This year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix was highly eventful and although the three drivers who stood on the podium had been through a lot to get there,...

Analysis: How Force India threw away a podium in Canadian GP - and not the way you think

For the winning team in Montreal this was as easy a race from a strategy point of view as you will ever see, with the main opposition falling away ...

Insight: Key indicators that show whether Ferrari favoured Vettel in Monaco F1 GP

Looking back over the last few years’ Monaco Grands Prix, a pattern emerges, where controversial strategy calls have decided the race outcome.

Sochi F1 analysis: Did Ferrari miss an opportunity to win by not pitting Vettel sooner?

The Russian Grand Prix was always likely to be one of those races where, with the new 2017 combination of high drag cars and low degradation tyres,...

Bold strategy and flawless execution: Vettel Bahrain GP win echoes Schumacher, Brawn era Ferrari

The Bahrain Grand Prix was set to be a good acid test of the new F1 as it is generally one of the tracks with the most overtaking and we’ve seen ...

Analysis: Would Vettel have won China without F1 Safety Car and why did Ferrari leave Raikkonen out?

After the outlier of Melbourne’s street track the Chinese Grand Prix was the first opportunity on a proper race track in 2017 to assess the new F...

The game has changed: Analysis of the big decisions that shaped the F1 Australian Grand Prix

The first Grand Prix to new regulations and with wider, more robust tyres brought about a complete change of approach in race strategy.

Analysis: How Red Bull F1 dropped the ball on a day when Mercedes was vulnerable

The season finale was packed with drama and tension, especially at the end as Lewis Hamilton tried everything to change his situation and win the w...

Analysis: How do you make F1 decisions in the rain and did Red Bull mess up the strategy for Verstappen?

Likely to go down as one of the great wet-weather races, due to standout performances from race winner Lewis Hamilton and especially third place dr...

Dodging the showers and the chaos: How to come up with a winning plan for F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

Two races to go in the F1 world championship and one senses that if there is to be an upset, a final twist of the tale, it is likely to come at Int...

Analysis: Why sometimes ignoring your driver is the best thing to do in F1

Mexico was a strange race for many reasons and doing well was all about taking care not to fall into the trap of believing your own assumptions.

Scope for more strategy gambles as F1 moves to popular Mexican GP

The last few races have seen some fascinating strategy gambles from Red Bull and others, so will we see more of the same this weekend, as the F1 te...

Insight: The key decisions behind the F1 US Grand Prix and why Williams were left cursing

The US Grand Prix was not one of the most exciting races of the season, but the strategic side was very interesting, with Red Bull continuing to pr...

Analysis: Why being aggressive on F1 strategy proved the right move at Suzuka

This year’s Japanese Grand Prix was one of only three at Suzuka in the last 25 years where all cars finished, making it a tough race in which to ...

F1 Insight: What does it take to do well at Suzuka?

The last two races have provided exciting finishes, but they have also been highly strategic which has added layers to the interest.

Analysis: What Malaysian GP tells us about how Red Bull will manage future Verstappen, Ricciardo battles

One of the best Grands Prix of the season featured close racing, heartbreak for Lewis Hamilton with a late race engine failure and a fascinating st...

Insight: Why the F1 teams are treating Malaysia's Sepang circuit almost like a new track

Formula 1 moves to this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix with the drivers' championship finely balanced, but changes to the track surface along with ...

Could Daniel Ricciardo have won Singapore with a different F1 strategy and Raikkonen's lost podium

This year’s Singapore Grand Prix was one of the most interesting races of the season from a strategy point of view.

Analysis: Singapore GP - The one chance for another F1 team to beat Mercedes?

Will this weekend see a team other than Mercedes win a Grand Prix? Mercedes has had it pretty much its own way this season, apart from a blip in...

Insight: Ferrari and Red Bull turn down Mercedes' gift - Ricciardo races wrong car

It doesn’t happen often that a Formula 1 Grand Prix is won on a Saturday, but that was the case with this Italian Grand Prix.

The one that got away: How the lessons from Spa will change F1 teams' approach

Race Strategy is always central to the outcome of the Belgian Grand Prix as there are so many unpredictable elements to this traditionally dramatic...

Back to business at Spa: How the Belgian F1 GP can be won and lost

This weekend F1 roars back into life after the summer break at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium one of the heritage jewels in the F1 calend...

Analysis: When you know that even the top F1 teams are left guessing

The first half of the 2016 F1 season ended with a really strategic race and one where the pre-race planning had to be completely revised once the r...

Preview: Why Hockenheim could set the tone for second half of the season

The German Grand Prix makes a welcome return to Hockenheim this weekend after missing off the calendar in 2015 due to financial difficulties at the...

Analysis: Did Hamilton back Rosberg up in Hungary and other stories from the race

Not the thriller that last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix proved to be, this year’s event was nevertheless tense in the battle between the Red Bul...

Balancing risk and reward - how the big decisions were made in F1 British GP

This was a snakes and ladders type of race, where a driver could get a leg up from a timely Virtual Safety Car or lose ground with a badly timed pi...