For those who watched yesterday's race, it was anything but, as Lewis and Nico offered one of the coolest spectacle in racing on their own, despite the fact that their cars pretty much obliterated the competition in terms of performance.
In the end, it was Lewis Hamilton who saw the checkered flag first, with team mate Nico Rosberg finishing second by the narrowest of margins.
Lewis Hamilton: “What an incredible day. That was a really tough race tonight and I am absolutely delighted to have come home with the win. It’s a long time since I had a race like that! My weekend started off well but I didn’t really have great pace for qualifying and the race. I knew that I needed a good start and to go into the first corner in the lead was crucial to my race this evening. From there, it was such a battle.
Nico drove fantastically well and, in all honesty, he had the pace on me today but I managed to hold on. I knew when the safety car came out that Nico would be on the option tires and that he would be quick. To try and stay ahead of him was so hard and when I came across the line I was just so relieved. When you’re racing your team-mate, the pressure is really intense and we both knew that we had to bring the cars home for the team and for the championship. All credit to the team for allowing us to race and I hope the fans loved the show that we were able to put on tonight.
A big thank you to the team, especially to my engineers for all the information they were giving me during the race, and to everyone here and back at the factories for all their hard work. Another one-two is just fantastic for us. I’m also very proud to have joined Fangio with 24 Grand Prix wins today, he’s one of the great racers of all time so that’s a real honor.”
Hamilton's third victory for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team was also his 24th Formula 1 career victory, while Nico's podium was his 14h of his career and 12th for the team.
After a battle that could have ended either way, Hamilton managed to storm past the checkered flag just 1.085 seconds in front of Nico Rosberg, with both of their cars amassing around 20 seconds in front of the rest of the platoon.