What do I Have to do
After the drama at the start, Vettel was left sandwiched between the two Mercedes and took the first strategic move when he dived into the pits for a new set of soft tyres on lap 17.
Bottas mirrored him on the next lap and stayed in front of Vettel.
Hamilton was left in the lead and Mercedes tried to keep him out on a one-stop strategy, but by lap 22 Hamilton was moaning that his tyres were “dead” and he too was brought in.
Hamilton, on fresher rubber, began to close on Vettel who pitted for his final change to medium tyres on lap 32, rejoining in third.
Bottas took on fresh soft tyres five laps later leaving Hamilton back in the lead but worried he would have to stop again.
“Tell me what I have to do to win this race,” pleaded Hamilton over team radio.
Mercedes gambled on bringing him in again on lap 43 for the quickest compound. It allowed Vettel back into second, but Hamilton was now energised and closed the gap with a new lap record.
Hamilton continued to swarm all over Vettel in the closing stages but was unable to get past as Vettel held firm in a captivating duel.
Hamilton can still clinch the drivers’ championship at the next race in Mexico in a fortnight’s time as he holds a 64-point lead over Bottas.