Stewards clear Verstappen of wrongdoing and declare late pass on Leclerc's Ferrari a 'racing incident'; Red Bull become first non-Mercedes 2019 race winners after Verstappen stages epic fightback 

More than three hours after the conclusion of the dramatic race, stewards ruled that their wheel-banging moment had been a 'racing incident' and no punishment was required. 

It means Verstappen's first win of the season - and sixth of his F1 career - is confirmed, while Ferrari's wait for a first 2019 success continues. Honda, Red Bull's engine suppliers, have achieved their first win since 2006.

"The last few hours have been really stressful but I think they made the right decision," Verstappen told Sky Sports F1's Paul Di Resta. "Also for the sport. I'm very happy about it, of course."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner described it as "the right thing for F1".
Meanwhile, after his second place was officially confirmed, Leclerc expressed his disappointment with the verdict, but congratulated Verstappen on his win.

It was just over another hour before the stewards released their verdict and explanation as to why they were taking no action.

"Car 33 [Verstappen] sought to overtake car 16 [Leclerc] at Turn 3 on lap 69 by out-braking car 16," read a statement. "When doing so, car 33 was alongside car 16 on the entry of the corner and was in full control of the car while attempting the overtaking move on the inside of car 16.

"However, both car 33 and car 16 proceeded to negotiate the corner alongside each other but there was clearly insufficient space for both cars to do so. Shortly after the late apex, while exiting the corner, there was contact between the two cars.

"In the totality of the circumstances, we did not consider that either driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident. We consider that this is a racing incident."