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It had all looked so promising after qualifying, the top cars so closely-matched, the differing tyre choices intriguing. But it didn’t work out that way. Sebastian Vettel was unopposed into Turn 1 and he simply romped away for the rest of the afternoon, with such a comfort margin it didn’t matter what the tyre choices were in this one-stop race. Valtteri Bottas, who’d got his elbows out at the start to keep Max Verstappen behind, tried applying a bit of late pressure to the Ferrari. Vettel responded with a lap that told him not to bother any further.