Verstappen overtook Charles Leclerc twice, prompting more concerns about Ferrari’s participation in the race.
Verstappen overtook pole-sitter George Russell, thanks to Red Bull’s pit strategy, who finished second to teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Leclerc finished sixth and Carlos Sainz fourth as Ferrari’s season crumbled.
Verstappen now has an 80-point edge over Leclerc with nine races left. Given Red Bull’s consistency and Ferrari’s unreliability, this margin seems insurmountable.
On a gloomy, windy, and cold day, a riveting race involving different strategies and the persistent danger of rain served as the ideal metaphor for the season so far.
With Red Bull being strong and aggressive in their strategy and Ferrari being unsure as they converted second and third on the grid to having neither driver on the podium at the finish, Verstappen was imperious in moving through the field from his lowly grid position—caused by engine problems—to the front.