Following a dramatic engine failure in Malaysia, Hamilton now sits 23 points behind his teammate in the championship. With just 5 races remaining, it is crucial for Hamilton to have some strong races if he is to beat Rosberg for the third time.
After an incredibly close fight, Rosberg takes pole by just 13 thousandths of a second. Hamilton looked set to take pole after going faster on the first run in Q3, but a late improvement for Rosberg just edged out his teammate from the top spot. Behind, Ferrari led the duel with Red Bull although Vettel will drop to 7th with a penalty.
Another poor start for Hamilton ruined his chances of taking victory this weekend. Rosberg took advantage of his mistake and secured his ninth win of the season. Fighting back through the order from 8th, Hamilton finished just behind Verstappen in third. A strong result for Mercedes mean that they seal the constructors’ championship for the third season in a row.