How cham­pion held on to tri­umph in dra­matic fin­ish

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Lap 50 of 52

With Mercedes cruis­ing to a onetwo, Valt­teri Bot­tas in se­cond picks up a punc­ture and goes into the pits. He re-emerges in 12th.

Lap 50

Red Bull’s Max Ver­stap­pen, who has in­her­ited se­cond place, gets fresh tyres in a last-minute bid to win a fastest lap bonus point.

Lap 51

Tyres are ex­plod­ing ev­ery­where. McLaren’s Car­los Sainz Jnr picks up a punc­ture, tum­bling out of the top 10.

Lap 52

Race leader Lewis Hamil­ton just has to fin­ish the fi­nal lap to win but he suf­fers a blowout (left) on the old pit straight.

Lap 52

Hamil­ton limps home on three wheels, his 30-se­cond lead over Ver­stap­pen shrinking to less than six sec­onds by the fin­ish, then in­spects his tyre (far left).

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