GPI 2016 Japanese Grand Prix - Page 74

RACE REPORT That order was maintained through the second stint but while Rosberg maintained control ahead of Verstappen, Hamilton managed to pass Vettel in the next and final round of pit stops. Perhaps anticipating the move, Vettel took on soft tyres and set off in pursuit of Hamilton in the opening laps of his final stint. The Briton, though, defended resolutely in the opening laps of the stint and then began to pull away from the Ferrari as the German’s tyres began to drift from their optimum performance level which once again called into question the team’s strategy..