There were smiles all around the McLaren camp as their man crossed the line to score a sensational victory, and any question marks about the strategy could be quickly forgotten.
It hadn't seemed quite so clear cut a little earlier, when the race leader stayed out under the Safety Car as his rivals piled into the pitlane. And yet the leader proved to be quick enough to be able to pit under green and still take the chequered flag in front.
"You've got to believe in the data, and this is one of those times when that belief was well founded," said Ron Dennis. "In fact, the call was perfect and the outcome of the race demonstrated how well our strategists reacted."