What a Race.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to watch this race unfold until today as I watched it back.
Starting from the front Row both Redbulls followed quickly by Hamilton and Vettel.
Verstappen had a great start, not so much for Riccardo unless it was all down to an impeccable start from Lewis as he leapt forward going toe to toe, wheel to wheel with Verstappen up to the first Corner, where Hamilton backed off slightly as he knew to win the War he had to choose the battels.
In the meantime Vettel surging forward trying to find a route to undercut Riccardo while Bottas Went all the way round the out side to find the room. He almost took 3rd position but had to concede the place as Riccardo was on the racing line.
Unfortunately, Alonso through no fault of his own or by the reliability issues that tends to hault his progress, but due to Occon and Hulkenberg colliding on the first corner a part of the front wing was discarded which flew out and hit Alonso's car which ended up giving him an engine problem causing his retirement from the Race. When interviewed on this later Sky asked him if he continues to enjoy racing. His response is why he will be missed by many. He responded He still loves racing F1 and sometimes things happen that you cant control. Such a shame that he wont be part of the circuit next year.
A stonking Drive for Verstappen as he stayed out ahead of the pack all the way through with no trouble. Riccardo not so fortunate. As defending from Vettel for his 2nd place on laps 57 onward, a puff of white smoke came out the engine halting his race only 4 laps later. Vettel went on to claim 2 place but could not get near Verstappen.
The main Victor of course is Lewis Hamilton for crossing the finish line in 5th position to pick up his 5th World Championship. Such an incredible achievement and so nice to see Vettel congratulate Hamilton on Camera as they both embrace. What a season it has been, and yet there are still 3 more races to go.
Stay tuned for more news and after race interviews.
Make sure you all have a smashing week!