No conspiracy here
RED Bull were absolutely right to run different strategies for their drivers in Japan.
The team have taken some criticism, especially from Mark Webber fans, for putting him on a three-stop strategy, and Sebastian Vettel on a two-stop.
Of course, we know how the race ended – Vettel won with Mark Webber second.
It was desperately disappointing not to be able to see the two Red Bulls racing each other for victory at the end – something we have waited all season to see, ever since the infamous "multi 21 Seb, Multi 21".
But would Webber have been up there with Seb, or even well ahead of him with the German doing the chasing had he been on a two-stop? The simple answer is no, he wouldn't.
Everyone loves a conspiracy but the fact is Red Bull want the constructor's championship as much as they want the driver's. They want to win, and they also want to come second.
Understandably they get fidgety feet when their drivers race each other – because it can be so very costly. And if a driver's world championship is at stake, it's predictable they will ask the second driver to keep their distance, but they still won't keep them apart by any artificial means – especially when there is competition poised to take podium places away from them.
In Japan, Mark was getting through his tyres faster than Vettel – that was plain for anyone watching to see.
Mark said he was confused as to why he had to do one extra stop – but he had only a fraction of the information the team had. Had he been sitting in their chairs, with their data, he quite probably would have come to the same conclusion.
And, had he been able to make it past Romain Grosjean sooner, he could well have challenged Vettel for the win – a famous one.
So let's forget about smoking guns, cloaks and daggers for once.
I also love a conspiracy, but this wasn't one.