Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) carried a 4-point lead on teammate Lewis Hamilton coming into the race on won pole, Hamilton starting next to him on the front row. Red Bull locked down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo besting Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started P5 and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) P6. McLaren-Honda held Row 4, Fernando Alonso ahead of Jenson Button.
Track temperature at the start was 120 deg F, with the Top 10 runners all on supersoft tires. Ricciardo moved into P2 on the outside of Turn 1, Rosberg taking it back one turn later while Hamilton moved to the lead. Hamilton opened a more than 1 sec lead in the opening lap, stretching it to 2 sec by Lap 11 (of 70).
Hamilton pitted during Lap 17, Rosberg stopping one lap later. The Top 3 remained in place after the first round of stops, Ricciardo 8 sec back of the Mercedes pair. Hamilton reported trouble maintaining pace on the new soft tires during Lap 20. Ricciardo told he’s running 1-sec lap faster than the two in front.
Ricciardo was 4.5 sec back on Lap 25 and pitted to put on softs 9 laps later having cut the gap to inside 3 sec. Hamilton led Rosberg by 2.5 sec at Lap 41. The Brit pitted the next lap, putting on another set of softs. Nico stopped two laps later. The Top 3 stayed unchanged. Hamilton’s lead, however, which stood at 4.3 sec right after the stops was down to 2.5 sec by Lap 47.
The gap between Hamilton and Rosberg had closed to 0.7 sec in Lap 51. It never got any closer, however, Hamilton and Rosberg finishing 1-2 followed by Ricciardo. The win moved Hamilton into first place in the driver standings.
Driver standings (Top 10)
Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), Mercedes – 192
Nico Rosberg (Germany), Mercedes – 186
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – 115
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari –114
Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Ferrari – 110
Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull – 100
Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Williams-Mercedes – 56
Sergio Perez (Mexico), Force India-Mercedes – 47
Felipe Massa (Brazil), Williams-Mercedes – 38
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain), Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 30
Mercedes (Rosberg, Hamilton) – 378
Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen) – 224
Red Bull Racing (Ricciardo, Verstappen) – 223
Williams-Mercedes (Massa, Bottas) – 94
Force India-Mercedes (Nico Hulkenberg, Perez) – 74
Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat) – 45
McLaren-Honda (Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button) – 38
Haas-Ferrari (Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez) – 28
Renault (Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer) – 6
MRT-Mercedes (Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto) – 1
Next event: Grand Prix of Germany – Hockenheim, July 29-31, 2016