Bottas wins in Austria

July 9 2017 , 12:00 am

Valtteri Bottas dominated the Austrian Grand Prix to take his second victory of the year ahead of Sebastian Vettel as Lewis Hamilton recovered to fourth.

Hamilton started eighth after a poor qualifying performance and a five-place grid penalty, and is 20 points behind Ferrari driver Vettel in the championship.

The Mercedes driver will be keen to start eating into Vettel’s advantage at the British Grand Prix next weekend.

His win means Bottas is only 15 points behind Hamilton as the season approaches its halfway mark.

Ricciardo’s third place was his fifth podium finish in a row.

Renault’s Jolyon Palmer just missed out on the final point, finishing 0.5secs behind Williams driver Lance Stroll in 11th place.

British Grand Prix next weekend. Hamilton has won the last three races at Silverstone and he really needs a fourth in a row to start clawing back Vettel’s points lead. The Mercedes should be very strong around the fast sweeps there, and Hamilton needs to put together a good weekend – which he has not done too often this year.

Race winner Bottas: “I had a bit of deja-vu in the end from Russia, Vettel was catching up but the problem was I had a massive [tyre] blister.

“At the beginning I could control the race but it was trickier towards the end.

“I’m really happy, it’s only the second win in my career. I think that was the start of my life.”

Sebastian Vettel: “How would you feel if you were just shy of half a second behind the winner? It was very close.

“I was very happy in the second stint of the race. As soon as we put on the super-soft tyre the car came alive. I think I needed one more lap because Bottas was really struggling to get up the hill.”

Daniel Riccardo: “It was a fun race, there were some decisive moments at the start and then defending the last couple of laps.

“But I stuck to my breaking points and held off. Max Verstappen got the home podium last year and I was a bit envious so it’s nice to be up.

“The second last lap was the tightest and Hamilton got close but I was very pleased to see the chequered flag.”


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