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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Buckingham, UK
Re: Hamilton told not to pas Alonso
Sorry if it's a bit patronising, but it's sometimes hard to see where people "on the outside" are coming from. I think many people would be suprised to know that before an F1 team even arrives at the circuit for a GP (on the wednesday before) they know what suspension springs. damping, geometry and aerodynamic setup they will be using, they know the gear ratios, corner speeds and fuel consumption, they know the approximate pitstop strategy and race stints they'll be doing. Even if it's a brand new track you've never been to before. Such is the demanding level of preparation.
Once you start practice there are normally only a few small adjustments of tyre pressures, front flap angle, damper settings and ride hights, that's about it.
Teams know where they expect to be, they know what the qualifying strategy is going to be, and try to predict and anticipate the strategy of the other teams. All the teams know after qualifying what laps they'll be stopping on, and what the strategy is, and they they can do from there is stop a few laps earlier in response to a rouge element on the track.
The point is that unless a something extremely unexpected happened, or a driver had a damaged car or some other performance issue, no professional team will be making finger in the air guesses on strategy. In that way it's all predetermined, so much so that punters can't ever appreciate.