Mercedes qualifies 1-2, with Bottas on pole and Sebastian Vettel qualifies 3rd. 2 laps in Vettel passes Hamilton. Toto Wolff presses the button and orders Valtteri to be “agressive.” 15 laps later Vettel tries to pass for the lead and Bottas defends and makes contact with Vettel knocking them both out of the race. Hamilton coasts to the end, wins the race and the championship.
Bottas then wins out the rest of the year as payment for his teamwork.