Former champion Sebastian Vettel brought his Ferrari SF70H home to take first place after starting from pole and leading the race throughout its entirety. His closest championship rival points wise, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, finished fourth resulting in Vettel extending his championship lead to 14 points.
At the start of the race, Sebastian Vettel made a clean getaway with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen following closely behind. Behind the two Ferraris, the two Mercedes cars made decent starts, but the 3rd place car of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were split by the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Within that first quarter of a lap, it looked as if anyone had a legitimate chance to take the race win, however a clash between the two teammates at Red Bull took both cars out of contention for the win. A clumsy move by Verstappen on the first lap led him to understeer into the side of Daniel Ricciardo, puncturing his rear left tire and causing a catastrophic fluid leak. This lead to Ricciardo’s subsequent retirement, a safety car, and a 10 second time penalty for the young Verstappen. Red Bull was out of contention for a win.
Sebastian Vettel still held on to a dominant lead however his pace began to wane after a routine clipping of a curb knocked his steering off center. His car began to pull to the left, getting worse as the race went on. Raikkonen closed the gap to Vettel while Bottas closed the gap to Raikkonen, prompting Raikkonen to make several radio calls asking for the team to tell Vettel to let him through. The radio calls were in vain and the two Ferraris held station.
Mercedes responded to this by swapping the two teammates and giving the quicker lapping Hamilton a chance to attack the Ferraris. Hamilton’s attempts were in vain and the two swapped back positions on the last lap in a rare show of sportsmanship in Formula 1.
The top ten ultimately consisted of a Ferrari 1-2 with a close finish between Vettel and Raikkonen. The two Mercedes drivers came in third and fourth with Bottas taking the final podium position. Verstappen came in a close fifth, worrying the top four towards the end of the race with some quick laps on the soft tire. Fernando Alonso put in an impressive showing for the chronically troubled McLaren-Honda team with a well deserved sixth place finish. Carlos Sainz Jr. put up quite a fight throughout the race but was overtaken by Alonso ultimately finishing in a respectable seventh place. Eighth and ninth were occupied by the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon respectively, continuing a trend of top ten finishes for the young Force India team. The second McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne rounds out the top ten, showing steady progress for the McLaren-Honda team, both in pace and reliability.