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.