Bottas wins short race against Verstappen, Hamilton finishes fifth

Bottas wins short race against Verstappen, Hamilton finishes fifth
Bottas wins short race against Verstappen, Hamilton finishes fifth
Bottas and most of the soft-tyre drivers fired off rockets, with the Mercedes taking the lead, while Verstappen slipped behind him on a first stage before losing an extra place to Ferrari’s Sainz.

Verstappen grumbled about the coordination of gears, citing his poor start to it.

The Red Bull driver reclaimed his second position at the start of the fourth lap, finding himself 2.4 seconds behind leader Bottas.

Meanwhile, Hamilton reached 13th with a very strong pace, and followed that up with a pass on Giovinazzi to find himself behind his former rival Alonso.

Despite being unable to match the two leaders, who were two seconds slower on the lap, Sainz held firm against Perez in third, defending fiercely.

After being stuck behind Ricciardo for several laps, Hamilton finally passed the Australian to 10th, and followed him up with both Vettel and Ocon to finish eighth.

Meanwhile, Verstappen entered the DRS with Bottas for the first time with 10 laps remaining, and after pressing for a few laps, he decided to reduce his speed a little to cool off his tires in order to compress in the last laps.

Back in Hamilton, Hamilton continued his thrilling crawl past Gasly, quickly narrowing the gap with Leclerc and overtaking him to sixth place with four and a half laps remaining.

But some remained calm in the lead, while Hamilton produced a very audacious and exciting overtake of compatriot Lando Norris at the start of the last lap to claim fifth place.

Bottas crossed the line first to secure pole for the main race against Verstappen, who extended his championship lead to 21 points.

Despite saying his tires were “expended”, Carlos Sainz Jr clung on to cross the finish line third against Sergio Perez.

Hamilton crossed the finish line fifth, which means his tenth start in tomorrow’s race, while Norris finished sixth in front of Leclerc.

Eighth place went to Gasly, who beat Esteban Ocon, while Vettel completed the top ten.

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