Breaking down the critical dilemma facing the teams’ strategists on race day in Barcelona

Once Max Verstappen had been sent by a gust of wind into the Turn 4 gravel trap on Lap 9 of the Spanish Grand Prix, his victory required the failure of Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari power unit and the compliance of Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez. Playing the perfect team game, Perez twice allowed Verstappen through in pursuit of the win and, of course, of the world title. But ordinarily, Verstappen’s off and Leclerc’s retirement would have opened up the route to a Perez victory.

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