As we sit around and wait for the CRB verdict on the Piastri case, I think there’s time to discuss some other important issues of our sport.
I mean, is it just me, or are the race engineers often suspiciously keen on instructing their drivers to go with “Plan B”? It seems that each race, something like 80% of the field are using what by any logical assumption would be the second option tactic wise. “Plan A” on the other hand seems so rare that it almost catches you by surprise to hear it being suggested.
Assuming that this is an accurate observation, what can be the explanation?
Some potential thoughts:
- Some sort of broadcasting bias – The TV director hears a constant stream of messages telling drivers to stick to “Plan A”, but it’s just not news worthy, so it’s not until someone actually changes up their tactics (for instance by suggesting "Plan B") that it is of interest to broadcast the audio to the world.
- Teams are actually using “Plan B” as the main plan in a sly scheme to foil their competitors – By telling the driver that they are thinking about “Plan B”, they may want to trick the opposition into believing that they will try something out of the ordinary, when in fact “Plan B” was “Plan A” all along.
- Teams are useless at strategizing, and therefore often need to switch away from their original plans as soon as possible – Yes, but it’s not just Ferrari that are constantly thinking about “Plan B”
Any other ideas?
Also, why can’t at least one of the teams spice things up from time to time by having cooler strategy names? Like “Plan Omega” or “Operation Overlord”. Or they could at least try to connect it to their sponsors for maximum exposure. "Lance, we are considering Plan Cognizant, or would you prefer Operation Aramco?"
Edited by Rediscoveryx, 31 August 2022 - 12:45.