PWP: Did you nail your Suzuka strategy?

Published on
25 Sep 2023
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Discover where you rank on Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf, after the Japanese Grand Prix

A challenging day on track in Japan saw Williams Racing facing a day that no pre-race strategy could predict.
However, that wasn't the case for three players of our free-to-play game Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf.
This weekend's top trio took away 35 points apiece in a tough race for many, with 10 points being the most common score.
Seven players join our leader in the upper positions above the 300-point mark as the season heads to its final six stages.
Read on below to check out how you fared compared to everyone else playing, including our secretive Grove-based player known only as The Strategist.
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See how you fared against other fans in the latest round of Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf.

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

A six-car flurry of pit lane activity on the opening lap, unfortunately, saw the Williams Racing mechanics in action for both FW45s.
That meant the Lap 1-10 answer was correct for our first question, catching out The Strategist and 97% of players.

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

As with Alex, Logan's first stop also came on the opening lap to have him in the Lap 1-10 bracket.
Slightly more players predicted this, with 9% scoring five points here, but The Strategist wasn't one of them.

Q3: Which Williams Racing driver will pit first?

Although both our drivers made opening-lap pit stops, Alex was the first to the pit lane, meaning 46% of players got this question correct.
The Strategist scored their first Japanese points here by backing Albono as the first to box.

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

Our Lap 1 troubles had Alex limping to the pits with damage that had him entering the pit lane in the bottom five places.
The Strategist, hoping for a quieter race, selected P6-P10 here and scored no points, unlike 22% of players who went for P16-P20.
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Q5: When Alex makes his first stop, what will the gap between him and the car ahead be?

The busy pit lane meant Alex was 0.5s behind Magnussen when he came in for his pit stop.
That gap means 0.1-2.5s was the correct answer, something The Strategist got right alongside 38% of fans.

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

Like Alex, the gap between Logan and the car in front was under a second, comfortably fitting the American in the 0.1-2.5s bracket.
More points for The Strategist and 16% of you here, although the most common answer thought it'd be 2.6-5s.

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

Give yourself a pat on the back if you were one of the 53% to ignore The Strategist's choice of "zero" here and choose "one".
The Strategist failed to score here and led 28% of players astray with their thoughts about not seeing a Suzuka VSC until next year.

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

The opening lap collisions meant the Safety Car had a near-instant appearance as the Japanese marshalls cleared the debris from the track.
With 67% of players choosing "one" here, along with The Strategist, this was the highest-scoring question by some margin this weekend.

The Strategist's Score: 4/8

Four points in Singapore and four more in Suzuka for The Strategist, whose positive performances see them advance to 51st place in the standings with 265 points.
If you managed to beat The Strategist, you're one of just 4.6% of players to do so, so well done!
Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf, returns for the Qatar GP next week when we will put you up against eight more strategic head-scratchers.
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