At a drenched Silverstone two weeks ago, Ferrari handed rivals McLaren an easy victory when they opted to disregard weather predictions and send Kimi Raikkonen out on worn intermediate tyres after his first pit-stop.
Lewis Hamilton passes the wreckage of Timo Glock's Toyota © XPB
During Sunday's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, it seemed that McLaren were intent on returning the favour via an odd tactical blunder of their own.
The reasoning behind McLaren's decision is now well known: had the Safety Car not stayed out for so long, their strategists calculated that Hamilton had sufficient laps to build a lead of the 23 or so seconds required for his final pitstop.
While that explanation would hold up to stopwatch scrutiny, the strategy would also have required Hamilton to drive like a dervish during the few light fuel laps at his disposal. It was a risk that the team didn't need to take, especially when they already held the all-important track position they needed.