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Timing a pit stop in modern-day Formula One racing is an aspect that involves a great deal of decision making, but did you know that it wasn’t the way the sport was run prior to 1982?

In 1982, the Brabham team, led by Bernie Ecclestone, figured out that they would profit from starting a race with tanks half-full as it significantly reduced the weight of their car.

Here’s a brief history on one of the most revolutionary moments in the sport, courtesy of a video uploaded on Youtube by PR Darby.

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