It’s the penultimate round of the season and our secretive Grove guru, ‘The Strategist’, is set for their toughest assignment of the season.
It’s a journey into the unknown as we head out onto the streets of Las Vegas, making calling the shots in our free-to-play game exceptionally difficult.
Having risen back up the standings, The Strategist currently finds themselves in P25 with 345 points – will you follow their picks or go your own way?
Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf
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Q1: On which lap will Alex make his first stop?
Lap 11-20. With it being a 50-lap race, I feel that it will be in this window that drivers will make their first stops and if we have some clean opening exchanges, I expect Alex to pull in during this window.
Q2: On which lap will Logan make his first stop?
Lap 21-30. I predict Logan will come into the box during the following window to Alex. It has been the case more often than not this season that our pair pit within a few laps of each other, so I feel Alex will box in the late teens with Logan just the other side of the threshold.
Q3: Which Williams Racing driver will pit first?
Alex. Logan has stopped first recently, but I’m not expecting that to be the case this time around.
Q4: How many stops will our drivers make between them?
Four. I’m rolling the dice and predicting a two-stop strategy for both of our drivers. The chance of a Safety Car will be high, so our duo might be able to claim a cheaper pit stop at an optimal time.
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Q5: How many Virtual Safety Car periods will there be?
Zero. I feel that any incident here will be likely to warrant a full Safety Car deployment, so I’m calling no VSC periods.
Q6: How many full Safety Car periods will there be?
One. New street circuits often bring incidents, and I think we’ll see Bernd Mayländer make at least one appearance.
Q7: What tyres will Alex end his race on?
Medium. Both drivers got a feel for all three compounds in the extended FP3 session. I feel Albono’s race will end on the Mediums instead.
Q8: What tyres will Logan end his race on?
Hard. I’m splitting my picks here and saying that Logan will wrap up his race on Saturday night with the white-walled Pirellis fitted.
You’ve heard from The Strategist, now it’s time to make your decisions below. You have until the lights go out to make any changes – good luck!
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