Lap 17/52 This is great stuff, it really is – we’ve got no idea who’s going to win this race, just that it won’t be Verstappen. And Leclerc’s engine issues are back with him! Rats! Hamilton is now less than a second behind him, so can use DRS if the chance presents itself!
4.06pm BST 16:06
Lap 16/52 Leclerc has engine power issues! So Hamilton sets the race’s fastest lap, then Leclerc gets himself going again.
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4.05pm BST 16:05
Lap 15/52 Hamilton’s tyres are too hot – he needs to stay out on them longer than Leclerc – but he’s closing the gap now, it being down to 1.159. What’s going on?
4.04pm BST 16:04
Lap 14/52 Bottas, in fourth, is asked to stay out for four laps longer than planned. In front of him, it’s Leclerc, Hamilton and Norris; behind him, it’s Ricciardo, Sainz, Alonso, Stroll, Ocon and Raikkonen.
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4.03pm BST 16:03
Lap 13/52 Perez’s march through the field has stilled somewhat, while Sainz complains to his team that it’s impossible to pass. Mercedes say Hamilton cracked a rim in that collision, so they changed the wheel, but otherwise his car was fine, and they’re expecting him to get onto the podium at least.
4.00pm BST 16:00
Lap 12/52 Hamilton says that as soon as he gets close to Leclerc, he’s struggling to follow and might have issues with his rear tyres. He now trails by more than two seconds but as I type that, the lead is cut to around 1.8s.
3.58pm BST 15:58
Lap 11/52 Perez is up to 12th now, gaining on Gasly in 11th. Meanwhile, Alonso and Stroll are fighting for seventh and eighth, Alonso holding on for now.
3.57pm BST 15:57
Lap 10/52 Hamilton won’t want to open up his front tyres chasing Leclerc, but has to chase Leclerc; I daresay both will be satisfied with their drive since the restart.
3.56pm BST 15:56
Lap 9/52 A 10-second penalty is the second most lenient Hamilton could’ve received, so he’ll be relieved it wasn’t worse. He’s cut Leclerc’s lead to 1.375s now, and will be desperate to get in front and start making up the time he’s not yet lost.
3.54pm BST 15:54
Lap 8/52 Leclerc’s Ferrari has gotta bitta pace, 1.41s in front now. Hamilton is pulling away from Norris a bit, the gap 4.004s. Perez, meanwhile, is up from last to 13th.
3.53pm BST 15:53
Lap 7/52 Norris, Bottas and Ricciardo have all been ordered to stay within 10 seconds of Hamilton.
3.52pm BST 15:52
Lap 6/52 Leclerc still leads, and this is a great chance for him now. Hamilton is still second, 1.519 behind, thenit’s Norris, Bottas, Ricciardo.
3.50pm BST 15:50
Hamilton is given a 10-second penalty for his role in the crash!
Lap 5/52 That might be it for his chances of winning too! Harsh, but you can see why, so he has to pit as normal, wait 10 seconds, then have his tyres changed.
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3.49pm BST 15:49
Lap 4/52 Vettel makes a mistake trying to pass Raikkonen (I think), spins, and he’s at the back now!
3.48pm BST 15:48
The race restarts!
Lap 4/52 Out go the lights on the safety car and Leclerc leads from Hamilton!
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3.46pm BST 15:46
Lap 3/52 Tom Cruise has done pretty well in the ballots to get tickets for this, the men’s Wimbledon final, and the Euro 2020 final.
3.45pm BST 15:45
Lap 3/52 If Mercedes take a 1-2 and Perez doesn’t score, they’ll join Red Bull at the top of the constructor championship.
3.44pm BST 15:44
Lap 3/52 The drivers follow the safety car out of the pit lane, it’s lights will go out, and we’ll have a standing start.
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3.41pm BST 15:41
Lap 3/52 Verstappen is walking about and will now be checked over by the experts. He’s done pretty well to be in such good nick.
3.39pm BST 15:39
Lap 3/52 Right, we’re nearly there. I guess Hamilton and Verstappen will make their protests later on, whereupon the stewards will give us a verdict.
3.37pm BST 15:37
Lap 3/52 The Hamilton/Verstappen rivalry has been pretty cordial until now. I wonder if this’ll change things, especially if Hamilton avoids punishment.
3.34pm BST 15:34
Lap 3/52 Damon Hill reckons that half-lap was more exciting than anything that happened in qualifying yesterday. He’s surprised Hamilton was so aggressive, but though he comes down on the racing incident side of things, he thinks Hamilton will get a penalty because he could’ve stopped the crash from happening.
3.32pm BST 15:32
Lap 3/52 The cars are lined up in the pit lane. We’re off again in around 10 minutes.
3.31pm BST 15:31
Lap 3/52 Otmar Szafnauer of Aston Martin reckons the crash was a racing incident, likewise Sky’s expert team. I think that’s a fair verdict – both men were having at it and Verstappen, as we see, turned slightly in front of Hamilton when he didn’t have to, just as Hamilton poked him when he didn’t have to.
3.29pm BST 15:29
Lap 3/52 Hopefully we’ll be away again in not too long. The counter has increased from lap three to lap two, and we’re just told that in 13 minutes, we’ll be off again.
3.28pm BST 15:28
Lap 2/52 Tell you what, though, that was one immense start. I’m sad for Versatappen that he’s gone, and for the race too, but two brilliant drivers absolutely going for it, what a buzz.
3.26pm BST 15:26
Lap 2/52 They’re now covering the car in tarpaulin like it’s dead, which I suppose it kind of is.
3.25pm BST 15:25
Lap 2/52 They’re winching Verstappen’s car away, and it’s in a right two-an, I can tell you. Expensive hobby, this.
3.24pm BST 15:24
Lap 2/52 Jonathan Wheatley of Red Bull is also well vex, and in his entirely impartial opinion, his man was not to blame.
3.23pm BST 15:23
Lap 2/52 Looking at the collision frame by frame, we can see that Verstappen offers Hamilton the inside, but Hamilton never gets in front. It seems both drivers expected the other to back out of the corner, I’ve no idea why, neither did, and there you go.
3.20pm BST 15:20
Lap 2/52 “He was never anywhere near level,” says Horner, blaming Hamilton entirely. He tosses in his relief at Verstappen walking away, doing all he can to have the race director think serious harm was avoided by chance, and trusts he’ll do the right thing. Clever clever, he’ll never see through the recommendation of Red Bull’s preferred verdict as a moral fait accompli.
3.17pm BST 15:17
Lap 2/52 Jensen Button thinks Versatappen gave Hamilton room to overtake, but notes that he didn’t hit the corner’s apex. Christian Horner is telling the race director that Hamilton was never in front and that the mistake was his alone.
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3.16pm BST 15:16
Lap 2/52 The general sense seems to be that in order to win, Hamilton had to get in front at the start, but I don’t think he went too hard. Stewards are investigating, we’ve just learnt, so I guess we’ll find out.
3.15pm BST 15:15
Lap 2/52 This is now a huge chance for Hamilton and Mercedes, but it looks like the repair of the tyre barrier is going to take a while.