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TIMING: Team McLaren Mercedes must make snap decisions

When a safety car appears in Formula One (F1) racing, it generally means there is some kind of hazard or debris on the track. Drivers must temporarily slow down, and F1 crews typically use the opportunity to bring their cars in for a pit stop. But when a safety car rolled out in the 25th lap of last year's Monaco[an error occurred while processing this directive] Grand Prix, Team McLaren Mercedes made the counterintuitive decision to keep driver Kimi Raikkonen on the track. The ploy worked; Raikkonen won. But the decision wasn't made at trackside. It came from team leaders based at the McLaren Technology...

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