We're not talking titanic Texas steaks or treble burgers with relish here, but rather the team's decision to chase the Austin race win rather than prioritise points in its bid to clinch Lewis' fifth world title.
To take that Fangio-equalling crown in Austin, Lewis needed to outscore Vettel by eight points, with points awarded 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. With Vettel running fifth behind Räikkönen, Lewis, Valtteri and Verstappen after his first-lap incident, the German was on course to score 10 points.
Second place and 18 points, therefore, would have got the job done for Lewis. But, if Vettel was able to pass Valtteri - which he ultimately did two laps before the end as he ran out of tyres - then Lewis needed to win.
The complication was Verstappen. Starting on the Soft tyre, he could have been expected to go longer into the race than the end of lap 22. But, as soon as Red Bull thought he was within undercut range of Valtteri, they pitted him to go onto the SuperSoft.
The team thought they had him covered - but Valtteri did not have enough left in his starting SuperSofts and when the team responded on the next lap, he pitted out behind the Red Bull. Still, the team thought it unlikely that Verstappen would get 34 laps out of a set of SuperSofts and would have to stop again.
Unexpectedly though, the SuperSoft turned out to be a better race tyre than the Soft, on the Red Bull particularly, and Verstappen became a major threat. The Dutchman crossed the line 21.6s behind Lewis at the end of lap 23 and the gap stayed remarkably consistent for the next seven laps, Lewis on his Softs and Verstappen managing his new SuperSofts. But, at the end of lap 32, the gap was down to 19.9s, with 19.5s needed for a pit stop. If the team was going to pit Lewis a second time and get him back out still ahead of Verstappen, they needed to have done it now.