PWP: The Strategist looks to build momentum in Spain

Published on
01 Jun 2023
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Get the latest insights for this weekend’s Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf

After picking up 20 points in a rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix, ‘The Strategist’ climbed 28 places in the rankings and will be looking to build on that performance in the latest round of Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf.
Our secretive predictions guru will hope to rely on their fountain of experience and knowledge of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to rise further up the leaderboard at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
Are you looking for some expert advice, or will you trust your instincts?
Read on for The Strategist’s tips and insights for the Spanish GP.
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Pit Wall Predictions

Q1: On which lap will Alex make his first stop?

Lap 11-20. The three quickest strategies suggest that a two-stop is the way to go around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Taking this into account, alongside the fact that Albono made his stop on lap 11 last season, I’m going for lap 11-20.

Q2: On which lap will Logan make his first stop?

Lap 11-20. The trend so far this season has shown both drivers following one another into the pits in quick succession, meaning I predict Logan to follow suit here.

Q3: Which Williams Racing driver will pit first?

The statistics show that Alex has pitted first four times out of six so far this season. As a result, I’m backing Alex to come in first again.

Q4: When the first Williams Racing driver pits, what position will they pit from?

P11-P15. Our Qualifying pace has seen us around this area of the field so far this season. Hopefully, our duo can put in a good Quali performance to be battling around the top 10 when they make their first stops.

Q5: When Alex makes his first stop, what will the gap between him and the car ahead be?

0.1-2.5s. I expect Alex to be battling the cars around him when he makes his first stop, hopefully gaining an advantage when he re-emerges from the box.

Q6: When Logan makes his first stop, what will the gap between him and the car ahead be?

2.6-5.0s. As the field begins to open as drivers peel into the pits, it could leave wider gaps. With that in mind, I’m splitting my strategy in case our drivers opt to pit later than others.

Q7: How many Virtual Safety Car periods will there be?

Zero. There has been a distinct lack of VSCs at the Spanish GP, with the last one coming in 2018. With that in mind, predicting zero Virtual Safety Cars is a safe bet.

Q8: How many full Safety Car periods will there be?

One. Despite there being no VSC periods since 2018 in Spain, there have been three SC appearances in the last five Grands Prix at this venue. Will this race produce no attrition, however? Somehow I doubt it.
You’ve heard from The Strategist, now it’s time to make your decisions below. You have until the lights go out on Sunday to make any changes, good luck!
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