“When the pressure is intense, a driver who is being chased relentlessly by a competitor, realizes that he might be better off pushing from behind than pulling from the front. In that case the smart move is to yield his lead to the trailing car and let the other driver pass. Relieved of his burden our new leader can tuck in behind and make the leader drive his mirrors.
Sometimes however it is important to hold one’s position, and not allow the pass. For strategic reasons. Psychological reasons.
Sometimes a driver simply has to prove that he is better than his competition. Racing is about discipline and intelligence. Not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.
Sometimes you have to assert yourself.
And dramatically speaking, intention is everything.
No race has ever been won in the first corner. But many a race has been lost there.”
– Enzo, The Art of Racing in the Rain