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I wonder if McLaren had made some different calls how things may have panned out.
Double stacking Piastri instead of keeping him out for an extra lap.
Putting new mediums on Lando instead of the softs.
They would have been first and second in my view. Add to that they pitted Lando a lap too late to go back to slicks. They have clearly attended the Ferrari school of race strategy. They should be kicking themselves.
 
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I wonder if McLaren had made some different calls how things may have panned out.
Double stacking Piastri instead of keeping him out for an extra lap.
Putting new mediums on Lando instead of the softs.
Inclined to agree with B2D, either one of them could have (should have) won with a correct strategy call. Lewis and Max were in the (marginally) second and third best cars today and maximised their results on strategy. Really fun race!
 
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Safe to say my gambles didn't work :LOL:

McLaren going full Ferrari was not on my bingo card.

Norris not blameless, missing the marks on his pitstop cost him 2 seconds, pitting on the wrong lap completely ended it and then the weird soft strategy call.

Piastri non-stack decision was even worse than all that, just stupid. Saved ~1.5 seconds by not pitting but cost themselves ~20 seconds by having the extra lap, no idea who was doing the calcs but that's an absurd miscalc.

Hamilton did a great job managing the tires at the end to finish comfortably ahead. Max was storming home though.

Then you have Perez, I'll never understand why F1 teams throw the baby out with the bathwater like Red Bull did (Ferrari did it also and last week). Perez is a solid second faster than the cars up to ~6th, if he races a normal race on a track that's very easy to overtake on then he finishes top 10. Instead they go the hard gamble at the start into the way too early inter, into staying on the inter when it's 20 seconds a lap slower into coming off the inter too early, was crazy bad strategy. It's weird, they basically go "well he can't win so may as well come 20th trying lunatic things". Every team does it and I'll never understand it. Will always baffle me.

Russell unlucky, bad mistakes by him to give up 1st, into the double stack victim into the DNF outside his control.

Such a weird race where McLaren so much better first stint, Mercedes so much better on 2nd stint/strategy and the Red Bull so much faster at the end.

Great race as well, they really need to find a way to have rain every week, just makes things so much more interesting.
 
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Safe to say my gambles didn't work :LOL:

McLaren going full Ferrari was not on my bingo card.

Norris not blameless, missing the marks on his pitstop cost him 2 seconds, pitting on the wrong lap completely ended it and then the weird soft strategy call.

Piastri non-stack decision was even worse than all that, just stupid. Saved ~1.5 seconds by not pitting but cost themselves ~20 seconds by having the extra lap, no idea who was doing the calcs but that's an absurd miscalc.

Hamilton did a great job managing the tires at the end to finish comfortably ahead. Max was storming home though.

Then you have Perez, I'll never understand why F1 teams throw the baby out with the bathwater like Red Bull did (Ferrari did it also and last week). Perez is a solid second faster than the cars up to ~6th, if he races a normal race on a track that's very easy to overtake on then he finishes top 10. Instead they go the hard gamble at the start into the way too early inter, into staying on the inter when it's 20 seconds a lap slower into coming off the inter too early, was crazy bad strategy. It's weird, they basically go "well he can't win so may as well come 20th trying lunatic things". Every team does it and I'll never understand it. Will always baffle me.

Russell unlucky, bad mistakes by him to give up 1st, into the double stack victim into the DNF outside his control.

Such a weird race where McLaren so much better first stint, Mercedes so much better on 2nd stint/strategy and the Red Bull so much faster at the end.

Great race as well, they really need to find a way to have rain every week, just makes things so much more interesting.
You say Red Bull was faster at the end, but only compared to Norris & Hamilton. Piastri was doing similar lap times and was consistently 10sec behind Max so was also catching the front 2. Just highlights the McLaren brain-fade to put Norris on the softs.
 
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