Vettel passed pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas down the inside into Turn 1 and had the pace to fend off an attack from his Mercedes rival to secure Ferrari’s first victory since Hungary in July. Bottas crossed the line second, 2.7 seconds adrift, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen holding off a charging Hamilton, who had started from the pitlane, to finish third for the third race in succession.

Vettel made a great start from second on the grid and though Bottas gave him a squeeze into Turn 1, the Ferrari driver made it stick to take the lead.

Further down the field, Kevin Magnussen squeezed Stoffel Vandoorne towards Daniel Ricciardo, causing a collision and bringing out the safety car. Ricciardo was spun round, dropping him to the back of the field, but he continued while Vandoorne and Magnussen retired.

At the restart, Vettel retained the lead from Bottas, Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, with Felipe Massa delighting his home crowd with a pass around the outside of Fernando Alonso into Turn 1 for fifth. Ricciardo was spun round, dropping him to the back of the field, but he continued while Vandoorne and Magnussen retired.

As those who started the race on the supersofts pitted, Hamilton inherited the lead and pushed on until lap 43, when he pitted, rejoining 15th – 19 seconds behind Vettel. The four-time world champion was the fastest driver on the track, catching and passing Verstappen around the outside on the run to Turn 4 with 12 laps to go. He then rapidly caught Raikkonen but a lock-up into Turn 1 dropped him back and his challenge faded. Verstappen, who struggled with his tyres in the closing stages leading to a late stop for supersofts, was fifth ahead of Red Bull teammate Ricciardo.

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