Team orders this early in the season make no sense, especially when you are trying to gift your number two driver a win, at the expense of your defending triple world champ.
It was not just team orders though. It was an agreement between both drivers prior to the race that whoever led at the final pit stop would have the race win.
A pity, as had the agreement not been in place Webber would have had priority on the final pit stop, leaving Vettel 4.7-6.1 seconds behind based on the last two pit stops and having to chase with the 0.6s/lap tyre advantage over the closing laps, giving the fans a potential repeat of Canada 2011.
In doing that he exhausted his fuel tank and ended up in compromised position.
He had not exhausted his fuel supply, he was on a slightly leaner fuel mix compared to Vettel.
Horner – “Mark’s had been slightly higher than Sebastian’s so he was in a slightly more fuel saving mode than Sebastian”.