Lewis Hamilton was able to keep his victory after the stewards cleared Mercedes of running his tyres below the minimum permitted pressure. They were cleared after they were found to have followed safe operating procedures.
The team were also concerned about his engine after his team-mate Nico Rosberg suffered an engine failure. Rosberg’s failure promoted Sebastian Vettel to second delighting Ferrari’s home fans.
There were questions in the closing stages about why Mercedes were telling him to push which was to cover him in case there was a penalty after the race. But some called for the reigning champion to be disqualified. However, the stewards ruled Mercedes had followed the specified procedures and decided to take no further action.
Hamilton’s race weekend has been one of the best of his career with him toping all the session from Friday practice, leading the race and setting the fastest lap.
He told the media “This weekend’s been just fantastic, a perfect weekend for me. I don’t know if I have ever had a weekend like this.”
He added “This circuit is such a special one for me…when you stand on top of that podium you feel an incredible pride, incredibly proud to be amongst the greats who have stood there.”
If the British driver had been disqualification would have put both Williams drivers on the podium. Williams drivers Felipe Massa finished third with team-mate Valtteri Bottas fourth and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fifth.
Sergio Perez was sixth as his team-mate held off Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardo and Sauber’s Marcus Ericson for sixth place.
Both Lotus’s of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado took each other out on the opening lap.