Following his crash yesterday, it was confirmed Pierre Gasly would start from pit lane after changing to a new specification of energy store, as well as other various component changes.
Yuki Tsunoda was wheeled into the pit lane just before the formation lap as AlphaTauri’s nightmare start to Sunday continued. The Japanese driver couldn’t start the race.
Hamilton, Bottas, Kubica and Gasly started on the hards, with the remaining drivers on mediums.
When the five red lights went out, Ricciardo jumped Verstappen off the start to take the lead.
Hamilton had moved up to P3 in the first chicane ahead of Norris, but as he tried to overtake Verstappen in the second chicane, the Dutchman didn’t give an inch and was forced off. Norris reclaimed 3rd from his fellow Brit.
It wasn’t the cleanest of first laps as Antonio Giovinazzi, who was P6, got hit on the exit of the second chicane by Carlos Sainz after the Italian had locked up and missed the corner. The Italian clipped the barrier and broke his wing. Giovinazzi was penalised with a 5-second penalty for an unsafe rejoin.
A front suspension issue for Pierre Gasly saw him pull into the pits and was out of the race by lap 5.
On lap 9, Sergio Perez had a cracking battle with Carlos Sainz through the first two chicanes as the Mexican swept by the Ferrari in the end to take P6.
Ricciardo, Verstappen, Norris, Hamilton, Leclerc, Perez, Sainz, Stroll, Alonso and Latifi was the top 10 on lap 10.
Bottas, from 19th on the grid, worked his way up to P8 by lap 22 as he disposed of the Aston Martins, Williams’, Alpines, Vettel, Kubica and the Haas’.
Esteban Ocon was given a 5-second penalty for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel at the second chicane as they battled for P12. Luckily for both drivers, no damage was done.
Race leader Ricciardo boxed on lap 23 and resumed in clear air. Verstappen followed a lap later but had an 11.1 stop and looked set to lose out to Norris and Hamilton. Norris jumped Verstappen after he responded a lap later; the Brit had dropped to P2 after Hamilton overtook him into turn 4.
Hamilton came in on lap 26 but had a slow 4.2 stop. It put him alongside Verstappen into the first chicane and the championship rivals collided. They ended up in the gravel and out of the race. Thankfully the roll hoop and halo did their job as Verstappen’s bounced over the cockpit of Hamilton.
With the Dutchman’s car on top of Hamilton’s, there was no chance for either of them to continue.
A safety car was deployed and it benefitted some drivers, especially Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Valtteri Bottas.
Ricciardo, Leclerc, Norris, Perez, Sainz, Bottas, Stroll, Alonso, Russell and Latifi was the top 10 on the restart.
After gaining places under the safety car, Leclerc was swallowed up by Norris, Perez and Bottas as Ferrari's lack of horsepower was brutally exposed on the long straights at their home event.
However, Perez became the third driver to be slapped with a 5-second penalty as he overtook Leclerc off the circuit at the second chicane when making his move for P3. Mazepin was also penalised for spinning teammate Mick Schumacher in the same spot.
Ricciardo, Norris, Perez, Bottas, Leclerc, Sainz, Stoll, Alonso, Russell and Ocon was the order after things settled down.
Bottas looked to have taken P3 from Perez on track with eleven laps to go, but missed the apex and it allowed the Mexican to get back through on the exit.
Moments later, Nikita Mazepin retired as he pulled off on the exit of Ascari, which forced race control to deploy a VSC.
It was a dream day for McLaren as Ricciardo masterfully controlled the race to take his first win since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, and McLaren’s first since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix with Jenson Button. Lando Norris finished second to complete a dream day for the Woking-based team.
Ricciardo completed a perfect day by securing the fastest lap on the final tour of the race.
Valtteri Bottas finished P3 after starting P19, followed by Charles Leclerc in P4 after Perez’s penalty was applied. The Mexican was 5th, with Sainz, Stroll, Alonso, Russell and Ocon completing the top 10.
Stroll’s 7th place finish could be under threat as he’s under investigation for allegedly failing to slow under yellow flags following Mazepin's DNF.