LEWIS HAMILTON is on course to win a sixth F1 Drivers' Championship – and one of his old rivals Sebastian Vettel is already out.
His Mercedes team-mate Valterri Bottas starts from pole while Hamilton start from fifth, knowing only a top eight finish is required for a sixth title.
- Pole: 1) Bottas 2) Vettel 3) Verstappen
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Likelihood of pit stop, which would work wonders for Hamilton if he were to win the race is 46 per cent.
A cryptic message from the pit wall, suggests Hamilton is on a one stop strategy, as he is informed Bottas and Verstappen are going for two stops.
THREE HORSE RACE
Hamilton is out up front, while Bottas who sets the latest fastest lap, and Verstappen are behind following their pit stops.
Verstappen records the fastest lap of the race following his early pit stop.
Dutchman continues his charge by overtaking Leclerc to take third place.
FERRARI WARN LECLERC
Prancing Horse warn the Monegasque about going wide and advise him to warn the bumps.
Leclerc asks why and is informed of Vettel's suspension failure.
As Hamilton continued to close in on Verstappen, the Dutchman pitted.
Opting for the harder tyre, to avoid the undercut from Hamilton.
Who could have got the jump on Verstappen if he had pitted on fresher tyres first.
Mercedes respond to Red Bull's pit by bringing Bottas in to fend off Verstappen's undercut attempt.
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