An uncharacteristically slow pit stop from Red Bull very nearly put paid to the team’s hopes of securing a one-two finish to round out the season as well as threatening Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of securing a record-equalling ninth consecutive victory.
After a run-in between Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull expected the safety car to be deployed and opted to pit both of its drivers on lap 47 of the race. However, when Vettel arrived in the pits, his tires had not yet been brought out, meaning that he had to wait for a few more seconds than normal in order for his team to get them out and put them on the car.
With Webber in second place, he also lost time whilst queuing behind Vettel in the pits whilst Fernando Alonso made big gains to find himself on Webber’s tail in the battle for second place.
However, both Vettel and Webber managed to pull away and secure Red Bull one final one-two finish to round off the season, giving Vettel his ninth straight win and Webber a podium finish in his final grand prix.