The overcut is where the driver gains an advantage on the driver ahead by staying out and pitting after him. Then going faster on old tyres than the other driver can go on his new tyres, which are not yet up to temperature. The driver attempting the overcut needs to have confidence that there is sufficient life left in his tyres to get the advantage.

F1 is a super strategic sport that manages decisions to gain thousands of a second. You need to remember that the other team is looking for their advantage also and may be attempting to gain on you with an undercut.

In addition, the pit crew are going to need to be at their best to maximise the strategy.

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan