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9 As has be­come usual, Ric­cia­rdo was giv­ing away a few tenths to Ver­stap­pen on sin­gle-lap pace.

But af­ter a throt­tle­ac­tu­a­tor fail­ure in Q2 left him 15th on the grid he made quick progress to clear the ‘Class B’ cars by lap 13, then leapfrogged Raikko­nen. It was a classy re­cov­ery.

9 Ver­stap­pen made the best of a bad job in try­ing to take the fight to the Mercedes drivers, and the fact that he gave Bot­tas so much to think about in the clos­ing stages is to his credit. The down­side is the er­ror that re­sulted in him be­ing pe­nalised, though it prob­a­bly didn’t im­pact his re­sult.



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