You can never count Lewis Hamilton out. The world champion was off the pace all weekend – two tenths off the best time in Practice One, seven tenths off in P2, and eighth tenths off in P3. But for qualifying, the ever-intuitive Hamilton changed his driving style and pulled a final lap out of the bag to finish just 0.023s slower than Valtteri Bottas.
On Sunday, Hamilton eliminated another potential weakness – his starts – and aced the getaway to lead his team-mate into Turn One. From there, as we have seen so many times before, Hamilton would not be beaten, comfortably extending his advantage over his team-mate and the Ferraris.