This meant we had a final 10-lap dash to the flag, with Valtteri defending valiantly until five laps to go. Vettel dived down the inside on lap 47 and Lewis and Kimi soon followed, as Valtteri's run of poor fortune continued. He drove brilliantly, but he had to settle for fourth by the chequered flag.
"We took the risk to stay out to try and win because passing on this track is always difficult with a similar car," Valtteri explained. "I was really trying everything I could to defend, but I think it was really just a matter of time. There was nothing I could do."
With no new Soft tyres available to Valtteri and a W09 that had proven to be encouragingly fast on the Medium compound, which was holding up well, his best chance at victory was gaining track position. It was worth a go, but unfortunately it didn't work out this time.
Lewis also gained track position when he stayed out, something he believes was the right choice: "If I'd followed them in I would have come out behind them, we'd have had equal tyres and I would have struggled to get by. I think it was 100% the right decision, particularly on my car."
While the result extended Ferrari's lead in the Championship to 20 points, with Lewis eight points behind Vettel in the Drivers' Standings, there's still a long way to go this season and it's all to play for.