This was a race all about timing: the timing of the gearchanges on the Red Bulls, which gave a race dominated by Sebastian Vettel its only hint of tension; and the timing of when during the weekend you had your problems.
Mercedes had its dramas during practice and qualifying, trapping Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton behind slower cars in the race; Red Bull had its glitches after Vettel and Mark Webber had secured the front row, allowing them a buffer of protection.
If Hamilton had qualified properly on Saturday he could have capitalised upon Vettel's dramas. But he hadn't - he'd started 12th instead, had to pit early for a debris-induced puncture, forcing him into a two-stop strategy that was much slower than the favoured one-stop and, after a flurry of late passes, completed his fightback to come home ninth.
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