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Former Red Bull driver David Coulthard (DC)—now a BBC F1 commentator—has offered his view of the Japanese Grand Prix strategy employed by the team. Coulthard doesn’t believe there is a conspiracy to thwart Mark Webber’s certain victory in Japan saying:
“Do I think that Red Bull would deliberately compromise Mark’s strategy to allow Sebastian to win? No, I don’t.”
The reasoning behind Coulthard’s thinking is really down to the unknown. The call was made on lap 11 and according to DC, the team couldn’t have known, with certainty, that Vettel would manage to pass Gosjean:
“At the point the strategy was being made, Vettel was still behind Grosjean, so there was no guarantee he could win.
I don’t think on lap 11 – when Webber was called for his first stop – the team could make a decision with any certainty that Vettel would be able to catch and pass Grosjean.”
He also feels that if there were some sort of grand conspiracy to ruin his race, the usually outspoken Webber would have said
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
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13 OCTOBER 2013
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