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and the aim of the game. The aim is to try and understand the car faster than our competitors. Why were we so competitive on Friday compared to Saturday and Sunday? . Sunday? That’s a really good question and it’s a question that we are trying to answer at the moment. I think If. if You.
you were to look at Friday’s running it was probably the most competitive we’ve been at any point through the season so Far.. far. Between Friday and Saturday we Will.
will have made some changes and actually those changes were fairly minor, but there were also changes in conditions And.
and we Need. need to go Through. through all of that data, extract as much understanding as we can from that and use that to move forward over the next couple of races. Was Lewis’s car damaged in The .
the first lap contact with Alonso? The answer to that question is no, we don’t think so. The contact was wheel to wheel and as always, we have lots of engineers looking at the data That.
that is pouring off the car so the aerodynamicists Are.
are looking at pressure taps on the floors and wings, they are looking at the push rod loads and our Chief Engineer will be looking at all the other suspension loads and making sure that they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. So, we can very quickly tell whether there is an issue with the car and there was no issue to find. Was the Strategy. strategy with George . George always to go long or was that something that came with the circumstances? I think you can tell by The. the fact that we fitted the Hard, we kept our options open. Our plan was always to be able to run an offset strategy relative to the cars around us, so, by an offset strategy what I mean is, if You’ve. you’ve got a car which you think might have a pace advantage, you want to be running a different strategy to the cars around you. That way, if You . you get caught up in a DRS Train,.
train, you always are going to Get. get To. to a portion of the race where you are going to get some clean air when the others pit and you are able to then run long and that’s what we had in mind with George. Added to that there is also the potential benefit of safety cars. If the safety car came out after the others have pitted, you end up with a clear advantage and that’s how it obviously played out for George. I have to say, George drove a fantastic race this weekend. Starting on the Hard tyre when his competitors around him where on the Medium. Alright, we lost a Couple.
couple of places at the start but George kept His.
his head, he did all of the right things, he waited for the tyres to come towards him and as we started to get heat into the harder tyres and as the Medium tyres started To