Verstappen complained of losing grip more than once and his team obliged to bring him in on the 24th lap
. Hamilton stayed out and when he pitted seven laps
later, he had not managed to slash the times.
Hamilton left the pit lane 21 seconds behind Verstappen with 21 laps
remaining, the Briton lighting up the time sheets before catching the back of Verstappen's Red Bull.
24 But his inspired fightback, which saw him make his move on lap
67, owed much to the brave call from chief strategist James Vowles.
The Omani slipped to 20th shortly after the restart, but a stunning 11th lap
of 1min 31.366sec catapulted him into tenth position before he began to slip back again to 13th.
Sebastian Vettel continued Ferrari's strong showing at BIC with a lap
of 1m 29.319s while completing 103 laps
for the day.
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Earlier, Ahmad Faizal had chaired LAP
's board of directors' meeting.
After the chaotic flurry of first lap
action, which included several collisions further back in the field, the luckless Ricciardo retired again with an engine failure, parking his car at the start of the back straight.
Back on track for the final race, Zanotti and Winfield exchanged places two or three times a lap
, passing Hedger three laps
14 C Leclerc (Sauber-15 R Grosjean (Haas 16 S Vandoorne (McLaren)...................17 L Stroll (Williams)...............................18 M Ericsson (Sauber-19 B Hartley (Toro 20 S Sirotkin (Williams) ........................" Hamilton retired on lap
64 with fuel pressure problems as Red Bull's Max Verstappen took his first win of the season.
Nemechek held off Moffitt following some side-by-side racing with about 15 laps
remaining and then remained in front until the final lap
when his hopes for victory were dashed.
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Taylor Lideen from Phoenix won the Solo Men's race with a total of 20 laps
or 512 kms.
Racing was to be staged over a start lap
, 13 normal laps
and two long laps
Indeed fresh from sealing the 65th pole position of his career, to draw him level with the tally of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna, the 32-year-old Briton led every lap
in a masterful display at a track which has been so kind to him over the years.