Race result not significant.
The race began behind the Safety Car in wet conditions, then was suspended at the end of lap two. The race resumed at 15:25, once again behind the Safety Car, which then pitted at the end of lap 9. From this point, the race ran uninterrupted on a wet track in mixed weather conditions. The race was brought to a premature end by a red flag on lap 44 after an accident for Jules Bianchi at Turn 7. “Our first thoughts go to Jules – it overshadows everything else when one of our colleagues is injured and we are praying for him”, said Lewis Hamilton. “Next to this, the race result doesn’t seem significant at all. Nico and I had a tough battle, we were pushing really hard. I had a big moment at Turn One when I was too late getting off the DRS as I was just pushing so hard but fortunately I was able to get back on track. The conditions were difficult throughout but I had more pace than Nico and could follow him quite comfortably in the early stages.
This is not an easy circuit for following another car or for overtaking, but he made a mistake out of the last corner and I was able to pass. The whole approach then needed to change to look after the tyres and make sure I stayed in the lead until the end of the race. But like I said, that's not what matters today; our thoughts are with Jules.”