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Stake F1 Faces Strategic Missteps in Imola

20/05/2024

Stake F1’s strategic gambles in Imola did not yield points. Alunni Bravi acknowledges the team’s struggles and the need for quick improvements ahead of Monaco.

After a double Q1 elimination on Saturday, Stake F1 did not fare much better in the race. Team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi explains that the team attempted strategic gambles that did not pay off.

“We knew that starting from 16th and 17th positions, we needed special circumstances to play in our favour to be in the fight for points. However, what we saw in Imola was a clean race, without any full or virtual safety car,” Bravi noted.

“We tried a different strategy for both cars but remained stuck in a DRS train for most of the race. We had decent pace on both compounds used (mediums and hards), especially compared to our direct competitors, but it was not enough to gain new positions.”

He nevertheless praised his drivers’ fighting spirit: “Guanyu drove aggressively, starting on hard tyres. Unfortunately, he had contact with Esteban [Ocon] which pushed him off track, losing position.”

“With Valtteri, we tried to extend the second stint on hard tyres, and we pitted him early – unfortunately, the end of the race was difficult for him in terms of traction.”

The Italian acknowledges that the drivers are right to demand quick progress: “The field is very tight, and we’ve seen that qualifying is the real race for us: any position we can gain on the grid can give us a different Sunday.”

“The team’s goal is to find more pace in the car for the upcoming races, starting with Monaco. Even though what we did in Imola was the best we could have done, our analysis is that we need to improve, as quickly as possible.”

Stake F1 Faces Strategic Missteps in Imola

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