> As I understand it, Vettel's deliberate strategy, presumably with the
> consent of the team, was to ensure he had new tyres for the end of the
> race. Presumably it was intended that he use those new tyres, not waste
> them. This strategy every one knew would place him behind Webber... with
> new racey tyres.
> So, what on earth was the point of that, if he was never going to be
> able to use them? Why compromise the early race if you cant use the
> advantage gained for the end of the race?
1) His early first stop compromised him. He did well to come back from
2) It probably was calculated to get him ahead of Webber, but not
GUARANTEED. As it turned out it NEARLY worked. Seb got lucky with a
very good pit stop and with the timing of the Merc pit stops which
meant that he came out into clean air and could put the hammer down.
He must have monstered a lap or two elsewhere as he made up 4 seconds
in 4 or 5 laps.
We don't know if the strategies were entirely worked out at the start.
The wild card was going to be how fast the track dried. As it was
Webber got the faster tyre for the penultimate stint, so if the idea
was to give Seb a faster car at the end the plan also gave him a
disadvantage in the preceding stint.
I think a key factor here may be that Vettel saved an extra set of
According to Pitpass the tyre strategies were
Vettel IN MN HN HN MN
Webber IN HN MN HN HN
So in the race Webber ran three sets of new hards and one new medium,
Vettel ran two new mediums and two new hards. Vettel had the extra set
BUT if the deal was that whoever had the lead after the final pit
stops then that was Webber. JUST.
So it looks odd actually. If Vettel knew about the deal then why save
the quick tyres for the end when he'd have little time to take
advantage of them?