Kravitz: ‘Red Bull also put Pérez in P4 with brilliant tow strategy’

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Ted Kravitz has praised Red Bull Racing’s strategy in qualifying. The two Red Bull drivers worked well together and offered each other a slipstream, which Mercedes did not do with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. With this strategy, the Austrian team has helped Sergio Pérez start the race from fourth place.

“Mercedes didn’t sacrifice Bottas for Hamilton, but Red Bull didn’t actually sacrifice Perez either. That’s the genius of Red Bull’s tow strategy,” said the Sky Sports F1 commentator on his show, Ted’s Notebook. How exactly did that strategy work? He explains: ‘They did not disadvantage Pérez, because in the second run Verstappen offered Pérez that tow, which allowed him to climb to P3. That eventually became P4 because Lando Norris still managed to squeeze in.’

That’s why it’s a genius strategy to do the tow like this. Mercedes didn’t think about it, didn’t want to do it or maybe thought they didn’t need it. Hamilton was eventually three tenths off,” the Briton continues. Whether Hamilton had come to the time of Verstappen with a tow, remains to be seen. According to team boss Christian Horner, it yielded one to one and a half tenths.

Bottas doesn’t know where it went wrong

Mercedes eventually saw Bottas finish in midfield, while Hamilton needs him more than ever. “Bottas starts from P6 and had no idea why,” Kravitz reports. “He said there was no more in it, so he didn’t know where it went wrong. He clearly couldn’t match Hamilton’s pace and will therefore only be able to help after some time.’

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