Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided on the penultimate lap (Image: GETTY)Hamilton had to cling on to the lead for the majority of the race, despite being on less durable tyres than his rivals.Verstappen remained right on the Mercedes’ tail and always within DRS reach.However, Hamilton was able to stave off the brave efforts of Verstappen.
The Red Bull star made one late attempt to overtake the five-time world champion on lap 77, but he clipped the back of Hamilton’s car. Related articles
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It was close,” Hamilton said after the race.“A bit of a late dive, luckily I saw him last minute, but his front wing was alongside my rear wheels so he wasnt really pulling past.A light touch and we move on. Related articles
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Max Verstappen clipped Lewis Hamilton on lap 77 (Image: Sky Sports F1)“No it didn’t scare me, I had no tyres left.
Although Verstappen crossed the finish line in second place, the Dutchman incurred a five-second penalty earlier in the race meaning he dropped to fourth.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was promoted to second while Valtteri Bottas secured the final podium spot. Related articles
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Lewis Hamilton was under pressure from Max Verstappen for the majority of the race (Image: GETTY)Meanwhile, Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles hailed Hamilton after the race.
.“That was an incredible drive,” he said.“There was no one else who could have done that.”..