Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) tallied his fifth pole of the year and 27th of his career. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) lined up next to him, carrying a 6-point lead in the driver championship over his teammate. Red Bull held down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Max Verstappen, with Ferrari sweeping Row 3, Kimi Raikkonen besting Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) lined up P7 and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) P8.
Verstappen jumped to fourth on the start, with Ricciardo also passing Rosberg for third. Hamilton held a 2.1 sec lead during Lap 6. Rosberg and Verstappen pitted during Lap 12 (of 67), taking another set of supersoft ties. Ricciardo stopped one lap later taking softs instead. Hamilton’s stop for softs happened during Lap 15.
Rosberg took Stop 2 during Lap 28. Verstappen followed the next lap, both taking softs. Rosberg passed Verstappen shortly after leaving pit-lane, pushing the Dutchman off the track. Hamilton led Ricciardo on track by 11.5 sec. Ricciardo stopped during Lap 34 and Hamilton Lap 35, both taking supersofts.
Rosberg was given a 5-sec time penalty for his actions on Verstappen. Hamilton led Rosberg by 5.5 sec in Lap 37, followed by Verstappen and Ricciardo. Ricciardo passed his teammate during Lap 40. Rosberg took another stop and served his penalty during Lap 45, Verstappen following for his final stop one lap later. Hamilton took softs in Lap 48.
Hamilton led Ricciardo by 8.5 sec during Lap 50. Light ran started in Lap 59. Rain picked up slightly during Lap 64. Hamilton held on to win, beating Ricciardo (+6.996) and Verstappen. The Red Bull double-podium moved the team into second in the constructor championship, ahead of Ferrari. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) finished seventh to move into tenth in the driver standings.
Driver standings (Top 10)
Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), Mercedes – 217
Nico Rosberg (Germany), Mercedes – 198
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – 133
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari –122
Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Ferrari – 120
Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull – 115
Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Williams-Mercedes – 58
Sergio Perez (Mexico), Force India-Mercedes – 48
Felipe Massa (Brazil), Williams-Mercedes – 38
Nico Hulkenberg (Germany), Force India-Mercedes – 33
Mercedes (Rosberg, Hamilton) – 415
Red Bull Racing (Ricciardo, Verstappen) – 256
Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen) – 242
Williams-Mercedes (Massa, Bottas) – 96
Force India-Mercedes (Hulkenberg, Perez) – 81
Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Carlos Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat) – 45
McLaren-Honda (Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button) – 42
Haas-Ferrari (Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez) – 28
Renault (Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer) – 6
MRT-Mercedes (Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto) – 1
Next event: Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Aug. 26-28, 2016