Bottas put in a superb and composed drive to keep Ferrari’s Vettel at bay and take the win at the Red Bull ring.
Taking his second career and season race win, Bottas has managed to shed the tag of the one race wonder, keeping his cool despite Vettel going all out behind him to take the win at Austria. The Finn had an unbelievable start right off the line when the lights dropped prompting the other podium finishers to think he had jumped the start but he didn’t. He sort of guessed right when the lights would turn green and got lucky or may have practiced on his starts.
Vettel finished second and still managed to extend his Championship lead to 20 points after Hamilton finished 4th. The German felt if he had one more lap, he could have had the victory. Ricciardo was another master driver for the weekend, continuing his podium streak. The way he kept Hamilton’s Mercedes at bay despite being on qualifying power mode was an impressive bit of driving.
It wasn’t a smooth race without any drama though as Verstappen had clutch issues resulting him being bogged down and slow of the line. Kvyat made a mistake and came in with too much speed into the first corner knocking into Alonso who then collected Verstappen resulting in two retirements. Kvyat managed to get going but got a ten second stop go penalty and in the end finished the race last.
Williams had a decent race as well finishing 9th for Massa and 10th for Vettel after a 17th and 18th start on the grid, salvaging some points in the end. Their arch rivals Force India also had a double points finish with Perez managing 7th and Ocon 8th.
Raikkonen had another average weekend at fifth with no major overtaking action from him. Grosjean though had a good race finishing sixth, making it Haas’s best finish so far. His teammate Magnussen had to retire while running in the points with gearbox issues.
Renaults also had a poor weekend with both drivers finishing out of the points. Palmer though narrowly missed out yet again finishing in 11th, and is yet to score his first points of the season. Sainz was another retirement with engine problems.
After the Austrian Grand Prix, the driver’s title looks to be a three way battle now with Bottas now in the fight as well. Hamilton will look to put this result behind him and go all guns blazing at the next race which is his favourite circuit of all, his home race, Silverstone!
PS: Vettel is being a d*** again by saying Bottas did a false start even when shown the telemetry proving otherwise!
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna