After half of the race, Hamilton is still firmly in the first place, and is wide to win, when he is leading Verstappen in the back more than 5 seconds. And the gap with the 3rd class racer Ricciardo is extremely large, reaching nearly 1 minute (57 seconds).
Round 34, taking advantage of the newer tires, Perez competed and overtook each other with Leclerc for 4th place, but it was not until the next round that the Mexican driver could rise ahead.
Although Hamilton complained to his team of engineers that the tires were deteriorating, by the 37th round he extended the gap with the opponent to 8 seconds. It was also the second Leclerc pit-stop time to replace the newer Medium tires, back to the 10th grade track, just above Gasly.
Immediately after that were the performances over the opponents of Leclerc and Gasly to overcome Vettel and Raikkonen to rank 7-8. Vettel driver then lost his place to Hulkenberg, leading to the second pit stop for the German driver, and returned to the 14th class.
In the 44th round, Norris gave up and stopped the car at turn 14, leading to a VSC signal appear, followed by a safety car (SC) round 45. Top riders took advantage of the second pit stop. me. Both Hamilton and Verstappen returned to the track with the highest speed tires, Soft. Although he just stopped changing the tire, Perez still took advantage of SC to get a second pit-stop, and returned to the track to maintain his 4th place.
In the 48th round, the cars were captured, from 6th place like Leclerc to be allowed to pass SC to stick to the top. Predict SC to leave the track in the next lap.
In the 50th round, SC left the track and the race was on again, with the top ranks being Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Sainz, Leclerc, Grosjean, Gasly, Hulkenberg and Giovinazzi. Shortly thereafter, Hulkenberg overcame Grosjean with hard tires to rank eighth. Round 51, Leclerc let rival Gasly over and lost 6th place, not only that, this racer was also under pressure. from Hulkenberg in the back.