“We went for the undercut and it was the earliest we thought we could do a one-stop. To be honest, tyre wear was also less than we had expected before the race when we were leaning towards two stops,” Horner continued.
“But as the race went on we moved more and more towards one stop, and on lap 16 we pulled the trigger because we saw a bit of free track we could get Max in. Half a lap later he had the position on the track and from then on it was a case of running the tyres in cleanly.
“Two laps later, Charles crashed and everyone got a free pit-stop under the safety car. We were lucky to have just enough lead on both Mercedes cars.”