After good starts from both drivers, Lewis and Nico managed to maintain position, running P5 and P6 until the first round of pit-stops. Both cars then managed to jump a place after pitting on lap 13 under the VSC, both changing to prime tyres. On lap 26, Lewis suffered a loss of power which couldn’t be resolved, forcing him down the field and leading to his retirement on lap 32. Lewis’ problem was diagnosed as a loss of boost pressure caused by the failure of a clamp between the intercooler and plenum. Both cars ran option then prime for the opening two stints, with Nico opting for prime tyres again at his second stop under the final Safety Car period owing to the number of laps remaining in the race.
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now lead Ferrari by 153 in the Constructors' Championship. Lewis now leads the Drivers' Championship by 41 points from Nico.