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Ferrari sees 'huge' tyre strategy battle in Portuguese GP

Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies believes the outcome of Sunday's Portuguese GP will likely be decided by a "huge" strategic battle between those drivers starting on mediums and their soft-shod rivals. For Portimão, Pirelli nominated its three hardest compounds, a choice many teams came to regret this weekend given the relatively cool conditions prevailing in the Algarve, and the track's low-grip characteristics. In theory, a start on the medium tyre followed by a switch to the soft rubber before the 66-lap race's midway point represents the best option. But Mekies reckons that circumstances could potentially also favour those - like Ferrari's Carlos Sainz - starting on...
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