Home Race Advantage

Home Race Advantage : Red Bull Racing

It is generally considered that there is an advantage to driving at your home track, from greater track knowledge to less travelling as well as the hype of the event and the energy of the fans

Some will argue that it is a given from a psychological perspective but is there a real-time advantage. Nigel Mansel is quoted as saying it was worth a second a lap in his day. 

And then, some will argue it is a disadvantage as drivers may feel additional pressure or could fall foul to bad luck in front of their adoring fans. 

Paul Fearnley’s article, updated in 2019, is a good discussion on the subject and provides plenty of examples to prove the home race advantage is not enough to swing the win. Read the full article – here

Andrew Burden

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