However, there were a few moments of uncertainty arose following the good pace of the McLaren cars and the different race strategies the two teams adopted. Rosberg was on a two-stopper while McLaren, his main rival, were on three-stoppers. Red Bull and Ferrari
were on three stoppers as well, but never were never true challengers for victory this time. Schumacher in the second Mercedes was probably on a three-stop race strategy, but a failure to properly secure his left rear wheel during the first pit stop lead to his retirement on lap 16.