It was a case of what might have been for Red Bull in Canada on Sunday as strategic errors saw Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber err.
Vettel was forced to settle for fourth spot after leading from the start until the first round of pit stops and then spending much of the remainder of the race behind Fernando Alonso in second.
However, with Vettel looking to go the distance on one set of tyres, Lewis Hamilton on a new set steamed by the duo, causing Red Bull to pit the German for a second time with only seven laps to go.
The second stop proved a damage limitation exercise for the team and Vettel was able to come home in fourth.
"It was a difficult race today," said Vettel. "We found ourselves in third place, quite far away from Lewis. He decided to box again, but Fernando and I took the decision to stay out. I felt pretty comfortable on the tyres and obviously we were hoping to get the place back, but as it turned out it was the right thing to go for the second stop.
"We decided a few laps from the end to do a pit stop - a stop here is not so long, about 15 seconds - and in the end it was the right decision. Before the stop we were three four seconds behind Fernando, but we ended up six seconds ahead of him. It was a good call considering what you can lose with only eight laps to go. It's easy now to analyse and know everything, but I think we learned a lot today."
Webber - who finished seventh - was also hampered by what proved a less than ideal strategy.
"I knew it was going to be mixed up today, but not that mixed up," he explained.
"In the first ten laps, we had a small issue with the engine which we had to manage, but then I settled into the pace. We pitted and came out behind the one stoppers. It's hard to get it right here - if you push to try and pass you kill the tyres but if you wait, then you find you're on the same strategy and finish behind them anyway.
"I think ultimately we were quick at times today and it's good that we finished in the points. With hindsight we could have done a different strategy, but it's easy to say that now and I've had worst days than today."
Having started the race in pole, a fourth place finish for Vettel is certainly not far from ideal, but team principal Christian Horner admitted that things could have been worse.
"A tactical race, a tricky race," he mused. "But nonetheless we have still managed to salvage respectable points today."
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