Gary Anderson: Ferrari and Mercedes both made Spa strategy errors

Gary Anderson: Ferrari and Mercedes both made Spa strategy errors

OPINION Our ex-Formula 1 technical director analyses the tactics used by Ferrari and Mercedes during the Belgian GP, as well as examining what can be done to reduce some of the risks shown by the events of a tough weekend for motorsport

There are three ways to win a race. The first is by having the fastest car, the second is by capitalising on the circumstances of the day and the third is by taking advantage of the misfortune of others. Two of them, you can do something about - but the third is in the hands of outside forces and not under your control.

At Spa, Ferrari showed it had the fastest car by locking out the front row. Then, it was about executing the race correctly to take a one-two. But the Mercedes cars proved during practice that they were good on their tyres over longer runs and wouldn't be easy to escape.

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