By lap 39 the gap was down to 12.1s and closing. Behind them, Bottas was
now third ahead of Ricciardo who had inherited fourth when Raikkonen made his
final stop for soft tyres. The Australian then made his final stop, for supersofts on
lap 39 and prepared for a late-race blast from fifth place.
Hamilton made his final stop on lap 41, serving his five-second penalty and
taking on soft tyres. He dropped to third, 9.4 seconds behind Bottas and 19
seconds behind Vettel who was in control and heading for victory.
The race looked like it might open up again in the final stages after Hamilton