Hamil­ton reigns in the rain

F1 Racing - - F1 INSIDER -

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.

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