How strategy proved key in F1’s Monaco midfield battle
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How strategy proved key in F1’s Monaco midfield battle

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With overtaking at a premium on the streets of Monte Carlo, strategy becomes an even more vital weapon in the Formula 1 fight. And as margins between teams continue to shrink, this year’s Monaco Grand Prix demonstrated why an ace strategy trumps all – and can even allow a mid-pack runner to beat a world championship protagonist.

Saturday Night Live’s satirical takes on the United States’ presidential debates are oft-viewed television - and often clipped into bitesize chunks to disseminate into the world of social media. For the highly controversial 2000 race between Al Gore and George W. Bush, SNL handed Will Ferrell – known for his rib-splitting impersonation of baseball sportscaster Harry Caray – the Bush role.

The most infamous moment is thus; Ferrell's Bush is asked to sum up in a single word the best argument for his candidacy. Ferrell, lips drawn back at the corners in an evocation of Bush’s idiosyncratic facial posture, utters a deliberate malapropism: “strategery”. Some 21 years later, if one was to ask someone to sum up the merits of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, it’s not unrealistic that the answer would be somewhat similar.

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