8 NICO HULKENBERG
Performed strongly throughout the weekend and managed to pull a three-tenths gap on Sainz in Q3. Carried his form into the race, running fourth in the first stint before pitting in response to Perez’s stop. This would have cost him, but an ERS problem forced him out after 24 laps anyway. A typically formidable performance.
6 SAINZ CARLOS JR
Looked to be struggling on Friday but recovered well and pushed Hulkenberg until the final stages of qualifying, when he slotted in three tenths behind. A high-speed spin on the second lap forced an early stop and effectively ruined his race. Underlying pace seemed fine, but couldn’t escape traffic before retiring.