Hamilton reigns in the rain
Conditions were so bad that Romain Grosjean crashed his Haas on the formation lap. As a result, the race started behind the Safety Car.
In a shambles reminiscent of the rain affected British Grand Prix, with the start having been delayed, the safety car making five appearances, and red flags coming out twice following several crashes in wet conditions, the race took more than three hours to complete.
Off pole position Hamilton was the early leader from Rosberg, but the Safety Car soon returned after Marcus Ericsson slid into a wall. Then when the race restarted, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari aquaplaned on the main straight and hit the wall, prompting the race to be red flagged.
Proceedings recommenced after a halfhour delay, only for the race to be red flagged once more when conditions failed to improve. Another near-half hour delay ensued before the race restarted.
From there it went to the flag, although with several Safety Car intermissions. In the end Hamilton was a comfortable winner over Rosberg, with Max Verstappen claiming third and providing most of the interest in the final section of the race with some stunning overtaking moves in the wet. In the end, after a few wild moments, Verstappen had stormed through from 16th to third place.
Hamilton goes to the final round at Abu Dhabi on a high but also in the knowledge that Rosberg remains in the box seat to claim the title, even if with a diminished advantage. Even if Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg will be crowned as long as he finishes no lower than third place.