Verstappen led for the majority of the race, which was interrupted twice for virtual safety cars which played a big role in strategy.
But it was a complete safety car that played into Sainz’s hands towards the end, allowing him to attack Verstappen in the closing stages, but he just couldn’t find a way through.
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Verstappen held his advantage on pole in the race at Turn 1, arriving there ahead of Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Sainz. Lewis Hamilton is coming off fourth for Mercedes after a wheel-to-wheel battle with Kevin Magnussen moments later at Turn 3, with the Dane sustaining damage to the right front wing endplate of his Haas.
Sainz DRS passed Alonso for second on lap 3, with Verstappen already 2.5 seconds down the road.
George Russell’s Mercedes edged Magnussen for fifth at the hairpin, with Magnussen shown the black and orange flag. He dropped from sixth place at the end of lap eight for a new front wing.
Sergio Perez’s weekend went from bad to worse when his Red Bull suffered a gearbox problem on lap eight and was forced to stop, prompting a virtual safety car. Leader Verstappen opted for hard tyres, promoting Sainz and Alonso to run first and second. Hamilton also stopped, giving places to Russell and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) as he moved up to sixth.
The race resumed on lap 10 with Sainz 1.5 seconds ahead of Alonso, with Verstappen a further 4 seconds behind. On new hard, Hamilton passed Ocon for fifth place.
Verstappen passed Alonso with DRS on lap 15 for second, but was now 5.5 seconds behind leader Sainz.
Haas then lost his second points car when Mick Schumacher retired on Lap 19 at the same spot as Perez, causing another VSC under which Russell objected. Sainz stopped just at the end of the VSC, joining just ahead of Hamilton in third.
After fending off Hamilton, Sainz passed Alonso for second on lap 23, with Hamilton doing the same a tour later. Alonso stopped on lap 29, dropping to seventh, behind a struggling Ocon and Leclerc.
Leclerc, who started 19e after an engine change penalty, started on the hard tires and worked his way through the tails to run 13e after 10 rounds.
He was then retained behind the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas, which was struggling to overtake the Williams of Alex Albon. But once they stopped fighting, Leclerc was able to edge the two and get into the points solidly.
Leclerc then found himself stuck behind Ocon, where he remained until lap 42 – then suffered a slow stop that cost him four places, putting him at the back of a DRS train in 12e Again.
Verstappen pitted for the second time on lap 44 and joined just behind Hamilton in third, but only made one DRS lap ahead of him, just before Hamilton pitted again.
Sainz led by 10 with 25 laps to go. Leclerc then moved back into the points, dropping to eighth as Yuki Tsunoda put his AlphaTauri into the wall as he exited the pits, prompting a safety car.
Sainz started another tough streak, starting just behind Verstappen on six-lap fresher tyres, and ahead of Hamilton, Russell, Ocon, Alonso and Leclerc in a 16-lap sprint to the finish.
Sainz stayed in Verstappen’s DRS range, as Leclerc edged past Alonso for sixth at Turn 10, then repeated the move on Ocon a few laps later for fifth.
Lap after lap, Sainz found himself behind Verstappen but the reigning world champion kept his composure and his lead.
Hamilton finished third, ahead of Russell, Leclerc, Ocon, Alonso, Bottas, Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin).