75% of the race was as dull as dishwater. A fraught start with Nico's problems and frantic fisticuffs for positions off the line and for the first couple of laps was promising, only to be followed by a procession. Some brief tension on the restart after the SC and dull again until the good stuff in the final third. Some great drives as well as Hamilton's and a result that bodes well for the final handful of races.
So, as a race it gets a pitiful 5 from me as I very nearly gave up on it. that is always bad.
As for the rest of the season I can see Mercedes have a problem. Red Bull, and possibly the Ferrari in Alonso's hands, are catching up and piling on the pressure for Mercedes to keep developing the car. Should they now concentrate on ensuring reliability to ensure finishes whilst not necessarily getting wins? Do they keep pushing the performance envelope to ensure wins but sacrifice a finish or two? Can they do a bit of both performance and reliability improvement?
I guess the direction now will depend on the mathematics. Personally, I would prefer to see them sacrifice performance gains for reliability. That would mean that the rest of the season should give us the head to head between Lewis and Nico with the added bonus of Ricciardo, Alonso and Vettel right up there stirring the whole pot. Yum, yum.