Verstappen at least managed to keep the engine going, allowing him to expertly reverse his way out of his predicament and return to the garage where he was able to receive a new nose.
Come the conclusion, Verstappen finished fifth on the timesheet, 0.938s adrift of Bottas, with team-mate Alex Albon for once ahead of him by 0.141s.
The surprise package was AlphaTauri, with Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly sixth, the duo 0.852s and 0.964s down respectively, and with both on the medium-compound tyre compared to the soft runners around them.
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