Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) led Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) by 1 point coming into the final race before Formula 1’s month-long summer break. Paul Di Resta substituted for Felipe Massa (Williams), his first F1 race since 2013. Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen locked down the front row for the second time this year, Vettel on pole. Mercedes controlled Row 2, Valtteri Bottas ahead of Hamilton.
Red Bull’s two cars collided through the first series of turns, Max Verstappen taking Daniel Ricciardo out of competition. Vettel led Raikkonen and Bottas under the resulting safety car. Green-flag racing resumed to start Lap 6. Verstappen was given a 10-sec penalty for causing the collision.
Vettel led Raikkonen by almost 3 sec during Lap 12 (of 70). Lance Stroll (Williams) had the fastest speed-trap time through 24 laps at 316 kph. Vettel reported front-end handling problems. Bottas pitted from third during Lap 31. Vettel came in two laps later, Bottas turning race-fastest laps. Raikkonen followed the next lap.
Verstappen pitted, Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Hamilton running 1-4. Verstappen returned to the track in fifth. Bottas continued to close on the Ferraris, the Scuderia refusing to let Raikkonen move in front of Vettel. Hamilton took third with Bottas’s cooperation during Lap 46.
Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas finished 1-3, Hamilton ceding the position back to his teammate. McLaren-Honda scored double points—Fernando Alonso, P6, Stoffel Vandoorne, P10—to move past Sauber in the constructor standings.
Driver standings (Top 10)
Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Ferrari – 202
Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), Mercedes – 188
Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Mercedes – 169
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), Red Bull-Renault - 117
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland), Ferrari – 116
Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull-Renault – 67
Sergio Perez (Mexico), Force India-Mercedes – 56
Esteban Ocon (France), Force India-Mercedes – 45
Carlos Sainz (Spain), Toro Rosso-Renault – 35
Nico Hulkenberg (Germany), Renault - 26
Mercedes (Hamilton, Bottas) – 357
Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen) – 318
Red Bull Racing (Verstappen, Ricciardo) – 184
Force India-Mercedes (Perez, Ocon) - 101
Williams-Mercedes (Massa, Lance Stroll) – 41
Toro Rosso-Renault (Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat) – 39
Haas-Ferrari (Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean) – 29
Renault (Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer) – 26
McLaren-Honda (Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne) – 11
Sauber-Ferrari (Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein) – 5
Next event: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francochamps – Aug. 25-27, 2017