Over the opening laps, Bottas was unable to carve out a significant lead and
by the time the drivers were starting their 10th lap just three seconds separated the
top five drivers.
With a Vettel was the first to take a strategic gamble, pitting on lap 10 to take
on more supersofts. Verstappen noted it and request similar action but when he
emerged from his first stop he almost immediately arrowed off track and into the
barriers, reporting brake failure.
Moments later Vettel’s early stop reaped dividends when the Safety Car was