Hoping to make up for his missed opportunity from Brazil 2019, he attempted to clear the Mercedes the long way round, but contact once again turned Albon around and left him out of the points.
The afternoon wasn’t done quite yet either. Hamilton was handed another sanction, this time a five-second time penalty, bringing him into range of those running just behind.
Norris had demoted Perez with three to go, rudely bouncing his way down the inside at Turn Three to seize fourth. A ‘Scenario 7’ blast for the McLaren driver earned him fastest lap on the final tour and his maiden podium by a tenth of a second over Hamilton, winning the time in the final two corners of the race.
It was a race that set the tone for the majority of the season, as plenty more drama would follow.
Round 14: Turkish Grand Prix
A wet race always promises action but along with the recently resurfaced Istanbul track, the combination put on quite the show.
While much of the build-up focused on the fastest ever Formula 1 cars tackling the notorious Turn Eight, the resurfacing along with the weather meant that tyres were still spinning up halfway down the main straight.
Drivers were sliding over the track making it look like an ice rink from Friday onwards, and it provided a mixed-up grid in qualifying and some of the toughest conditions all season.
Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas became the first victims on race day, spinning at the first hurdle. Ocon’s mistake was costly but Bottas’ pirouette had effectively ended his slim hopes of carrying on the title battle. It was just the first spin in a long day.
Verstappen looked like the one to watch but an impatient moment chasing down Perez for second put pay to his hopes. Cooped up beneath the rear wing of the Racing Point through the Turn 11 flick, he lost all downforce and ran wide onto the runoff and standing water, resulting in a clumsy spin.
Albon was soon facing the wrong way himself, allowing Hamilton to clear the last of the cars between him and race leader Perez.
From that point on it was game over for everyone else as he easily cleared Perez and somehow coaxed another 21 laps out of his well-used intermediates, worn to slicks by the end.