Race Analysis – Winning penalty

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Bottas set their quickest Q2 times on the medium Pirelli compound tires, so they were able to start the race on the more durable tires. Hamilton jumped into the lead, and Bottas drafted past Verstappen to take second place. Hamilton pitted at the end of lap 16, served his 10 seconds, got a set of the hard compound Pirelli tires, and rejoined the race in 11th place. Even if Hamilton had not had the penalties, he still would have had tires that were 10 laps older than Bottas and Verstappen. “It is a good amount of points for the team and what we needed after the last few races.

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