Christian Horner insists Red Bull had no choice but to put Mark Webber on a three-stopper in Japan as he ate his tyres in a short first stint.
Chasing Romain Grosjean around the Suzuka circuit after the Lotus driver's flying start, Webber was one of the first to pit for fresh rubber as he used up his first set.
As a result of that short first stint, the Aussie driver had to adopt a three-stop strategy which ultimately lost out to Sebastian Vettel's two-stopper.
"The key aspect was the first stint," explained his team boss Horner.
"We went in to the race thinking it was going to be marginal for a two-stop, but probably in clear air we could do that.
"The first stint...
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