Horner likes to preach about treating the two drivers equally. There is no need for team orders when the title race is all over by the shouting -
And where were you after Malaysia, when team orders were employed in race 2 with nothing on the line at all?
any kind of podium finish would have been a great result for Vettel‘s WDC. If you are going out of your way to treat your two driver‘s equally you don‘t split the strategies.
The only rationale I can see for splitting the strategies is because of Grosjean. If they ran the same strategy, it would be easy for Lotus to cover. You can‘t cover two cars on different strategies. In the end you can‘t knock it, it worked. Lotus covered Webber‘s early first stop while Vettel was able to go longer on the option without losing much time, and this meant that when Lotus tried to cover Vettel on the second stint, they were fighting a losing battle against a car with newer tyres and they got overtaken.
You can't take for granted that Vettel would save his tyres and be able to do a 2 stop - this could not have been part of a "plan" by RBR. That strategy didn't develop until Vettel had saved his tyres and was able to stay out longer. There was no plan to "split strategies" until they had to be split. At first both were trying for a 2 stopper, thus, both were told, on GLOBAL television for all of our ears to hear to back off to 2 seconds behind the car in front to save their tyres. When Mark's tyres saw him start rapidly losing pace to Vettel and Grosjean, he was brought in (L 12), and thus he was placed on a 3 stop strategy. Vettel didn't eat his tyres and remained on a 2 stop strategy. Still, Mark could have done better if he had passed Grosjean right away after is last stop - he could have challenged over the remaining 6 laps on his new tyres in clear air for 1st. But instead, he couldn't get around Grosjean quick enough. Meanwhile, to make things tougher, Vettel did get around Grosjean quickly and took off in clean air and put the distance on.
Edited by bourbon, 13 October 2013 - 18:00.