Alex palo He was little surprised that few drivers adopted the strategy that won him the Indianapolis IndyCar Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was one of fifteen drivers who started this Saturday’s event on the soft tires and one of four who completed their last three stops on the hard compound.
others were Joseph Newgarden, who finished seventh, Romain Grosjean, 11˚ in the result, and Santino Ferrucci, who suffered a mechanical breakdown.
But the fact that Palu had the advantage in track conditions and finished with the new harder tyres, on a track where the difference between the performance of the compounds was not huge under green flag conditions, allowed him to finish 15 seconds ahead. I got help. rival.
Different action plans were executed throughout the peloton, something that took Pallo a bit by surprise, although he knew from the beginning that starting on offense was more important for his strategy to work.
“It was clear to us. The reds we used in the warmup were a little more involved than some people, but it’s still not like they were amazing,” he shared after the race.
«We knew we didn’t want to use the red paint we used. So we start on the new soft, we try to take advantage, we try to get a big gap, like two, three, four, seconds, then we work on our speed in the black.
“Once I saw the starting grid with the tires (of each competitor), we thought: ‘Okay, we’re in a good place. You still have to do it. If you get stuck behind Red Lundgaard, you You’re finished, your career is over. Your tires will be more damaged, you won’t get the benefit of taking 4s, so you’ll be stuck in traffic with the same strategy as them.
“We knew we had the right strategy for the 10 car, but we still had to do it on track.”