It was a good night in racing for Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg as he took his second race victory of the 2016 season and his fifth consecutive victory in Formula 1.
The start had been dismal for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, whose car started smoking in the back as he tried to complete his formation lap on the way back to the grid. Right before it did, the four-time world champion radioed, “Okay, I’m not sure. I think I might have an engine failure.”
With smoke coming out of his car, Vettel then parked his Ferrari on the side of the track as he climbed out, effectively withdrawing him from the race. Meanwhile, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was also forced to return to the pits, while teammate Kevin Magnussen also had to start the race from the pit lane.
As the race started, qualifying pole winner Lewis Hamilton ended up falling to ninth place after his Mercedes made contact with William’s Valtteri Bottas, who had a brilliant start and managed to overtake Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen but ended up colliding with Hamilton.
Bottas later on radioed that his car seemed fine. Meanwhile, the Williams driver had to yield third place to Raikkonen by lap seven. Hamilton also managed to get past Bottas by lap eight. Later on, Bottas was imposed a drive-through penalty due to his contact with Hamilton.
On the other hand, McLaren’s Jenson Button had to retire from the race due to failure involving his DRS system. Meanwhile, as the race progressed, Raikkonen proved to be the car to beat as he fought his way to second place following his first pit stop. In the end, world champion Finn managed to keep the place all the way to the checkered flag as Rosberg claimed victory.
Elsewhere in the track, Hamilton managed to get a podium finish as he ended the race in third place while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth. Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished fifth followed by Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat.
Meanwhile, Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Bottas got eighth and ninth places, respectively. On the other hand, debuting Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne who had taken over driving duties for Fernando Alonso in McLaren managed to secure the final point in the race at tenth place.