Their struggling Basque rivals are on a run of just one win in eight, and that was a narrow success over La Liga backmarkers
Hamilton withstood a challenge from Verstappen as the pair threaded their way through some backmarkers
His start was then flawless, and even the squabbling backmarkers
of Sergey Sirotkin and Romain Grosjean did not put Hamilton off his stride.
But, unflustered, Hamilton defended from the Dutchman before seeing off the backmarkers
Unfortunately, though, the Team Parker Racing entry was forced out of podium contention early in the second half of the three-hour race when it was pitched off the circuit, while running among backmarkers
, and the resulting trip across the grass caused race-ending damage.
Stockton teenager Jak Liddle qualified ninth on the first day but was boxed in on both starts and struggled to get past backmarkers
JENSON BUTTON has blasted backmarkers
Caterham - and told them to wise up for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix after costing McLaren "millions" in Germany.
The car was the Marussia of Frenchman Jules Bianchi who had jumped out when the backmarkers
' machine had suffered an engine failure.
It was the first time the 51-year-old (pictured left) had dipped under nine minutes, which was quite astonishing as he had to weave his way through the backmarkers
for more than half the race.
These pilots could only snatch championship honours if both Rene Rast and Kevin Estre finish amongst the backmarkers
FOTA last season represented 11 of the 12 teams on the F1 grid - backmarkers
Hispania Racing are currently the only team not allied with the organisation - and has long been gripped by internal rows over the implementation of the RRA.
Vettel, though, was untroubled until the closing stages as Button cut the gap by six seconds in just five laps to get within 3.7 seconds with three laps to go, but was hampered by backmarkers
after Michael Schumacher's accident brought out the safety car.