PWP: The Strategist looking to strike the jackpot in Vegas

Published on
17 Nov 2023
Est. reading time
2 Min

Get the latest insights for this weekend’s Pit Wall Predictions, presented by Gulf

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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