Valtteri Bottas – 9
Absolutely brilliant in the race, but just misses the maximum for his qualifying defeat to Hamilton – which he put down to pushing his softs too hard early on his final run. He made a good race start then displayed superior tyre management skills to settle then keep the inters alive in both stints compared to Verstappen. Dispatched Leclerc with ease and romped clear to win in style.
Max Verstappen – 8
After missing pole to the faster Mercedes, he couldn't pressure Bottas in either stint and was edged out in the tyre management game – an area where he'd be expected to be better than the Finn. Later took the decision to take it easy and come home, surely with the title in mind. A rare display of discretion being the better part of valour.
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