“I don’t put it down to bad luck,” said Hamilton, who is fourth overall and 45 points behind Vettel. “I wasn’t good enough.”
Mini-battles raged everywhere before the red flag came out on lap 46 and the race was halted for the third time on lap 62 after Grosjean lost control coming out of the tunnel.
There was still time for another incident when Perez tried for the second time to get past Raikkonen on the inside and then failed to finish. They both blamed each other.
The race was eventful off the track as well.
A little more than one hour before the start, Red Bull launched an official protest against Mercedes asking why Mercedes were allowed to conduct in-season tire testing following the Spanish GP.