No that's not weird at all. I feel like I could lead a multipronged naval invasion in zero gravity, but if you asked me how to win a race, I'd say just go faster than the other guy.
A quick primer to racing strategy is softer tires equal more grip equals faster cars equals faster tire degradation. It's all about when to pit and change tires. Can you get away with harder tires if you pit less? Maybe. It depends on the a lot of conditions that you can intuitively guess. Hotter days mean faster wear, etc.
This is completely missing a discussion of whether to tune the car for cornering speed or straight line speed. That really depends on the course.
The good thing is, you'll get to run some laps in qualifying and test some combinations before the main race. Your fastest time will place you on the grid for the main race. It's pretty simple, but it has enough choices to make it interesting. Especially when you start to consider changing driving styles in the middle of the race and the particular strengths of your car and your driver.
I'm just a casual F1 fan, and I picked up enough strategy in the first couple of races to hook me on the game. It's a really great game.