Bottas beats Vettel in close Austrian GP

Mercedes Valterri Bottas beats Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to win the Austrian GP as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fails to finish for the 5th time this season.


Qualifying Result

1.Bottas  2.Vettel  3.Raikkonen  4.Ricciardo  5.Verstappen  6.Grosjean  7.Perez  8.Hamilton*  9.Ocon  10.Sainz  11.Hulkenberg  12.Alonso  13.Vandoorne  14.Kvyat  15.Magnussen  16.Palmer  17.Massa  18.Stroll  19.Wehrlein  20.Ericsson

Hamilton* originally qualified 3rd but due to an unscheduled gearbox change he drops 5 places. He now start 8th.

Tyre choice

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll and Pascal Wehrlein will start on the Supersoft tyre with Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Massa starting on the Soft tyre. Everyone else will start on the Ultrasoft tyre.


The lights go out and Valterri Bottas gets a lightning start ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as Max Verstappen gets a horrible start dropping behind both Force India’s and Lewis Hamilton before turn 1. There’s contact at the back and it looks like a McLaren Honda is involved. It’s Verstappen and Fernando Alonso. Bottas still leads ahead of Vettel as Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Raikkonen for 3rd into turn 4. At the end of lap 1, Alonso pits and retires as Daniil Kvyat also pitting. Did he have any involvement between Alonso and Verstappen at the start.

The replay shows Max Verstappen getting a bad start and behind also Carlos Sainz as well getting a bad start. Daniil Kvyat overtakes his slow teammate and locks-up and hits the back of Fernando Alonso, who hits Verstappen. Both are out as race leader Valterri Bottas is under investigation for jumping the start of the race. Kvyat is also under investigation for causing a collision. Lap 7, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Sergio Perez into turn 3 and up into 6th place. It was a terrible showing from Williams in Qualifying but after an amazing start, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll sit 9th and 10th after starting 17th and 18th.

Lap 8, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Romain Grosjean round the outside into turn 4 and up into 5th place. Lap 10, Daniil Kvyat has been given a drive-through penalty for causing a collision at the start of the race. Lap 15, Valterri Bottas still leads ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton and Grosjean. Lap 22, Bottas sets the new fastest lap of the race of a 1:08:989. Lap 26, the Stewards have declared that there will be no more action against Bottas for jumping the start. Lap 30, bang, something has broken on Kevin Magnussen’s Haas car. Magnussen slows and it’s a gearbox issue. He crawls back to the pits and into retirement.

Lap 32, Lewis Hamilton pits and switches to the Ultrasoft tyre and rejoins in 5th. Hamilton was tucked up behind Kimi Raikkonen with the Brit trying the “undercut” on the Finn. Lap 34, Daniel Ricciardo pits. He switches to the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 4th. Lap 35, Sebastian Vettel pits from 2nd and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. He rejoins in 3rd as Romain Grosjean pits on lap 37 rejoins in 8th on the Supersoft tyre. Lap 39, the only remaining McLaren in the race, Stoffel Vandoorne is under investigation for ignoring blue flags. Lap 41, Valterri Bottas pits from the lead. It’s a slow stop by Mercedes but where does he rejoin?

Valterri Bottas rejoins in 2nd behind Kimi Raikkonen who hasn’t pitted yet. Ferrari are hoping that Raikkonen holds up Bottas as Sebastian Vettel is only 3 seconds behind. Lap 44, Bottas overtakes Raikkonen round the outside of turn 4 and takes back the lead of the race. Raikkonen bails out and finally pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 5th. The Stewards have given Stoffel Vandoorne a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags. Lap 46, Toro Rosso tell Carlos Sainz to drive back to the pits due to a suspected engine problem.

Lap 68, Sebastian Vettel is catching race leader Valterri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton is catching 3rd place Daniel Ricciardo. Lap 70, Hamilton has a pop at Ricciardo down into turn 4 but Ricciardo holds him off. Bottas keeps 1st by only half a second to win the Austrian GP ahead of Vettel and Ricciardo.

Race Result

1.Bottas  2.Vettel  3.Ricciardo  4.Hamilton  5.Raikkonen  6.Grosjean  7.Perez  8.Ocon  9.Massa  10.Ocon  11.Palmer  12.Vandoorne  13.Hulkenberg  14.Wehrlein  15.Ericsson  16.Kvyat  DNF Sainz, Magnussen, Alonso and Verstappen

Race Stats

  • Valterri Bottas took his second career pole on Saturday which was then followed by his 2nd career win. Bottas sits 3rd in the championship only 15 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton and he was also awarded the “Driver of the Day” by the fans.
  • Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo took his 25th career podium today with 3rd place. The Australian is now on a roll of 5 consecutive podium finishes dating back to the Spanish GP.
  • After a disappointing qualifying, both Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll started 17th and 18th but both were able to finish in the points in 9th and 10th.
  • Red Bulls Max Verstappen recorded his 5th retirement of the season, his 3rd retirement in a row. Due to this, the Dutchman lost 6th place in the championship to Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 171pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 151pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 136pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 107pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 83pts
  6. Sergio Perez 50pts
  7. Max Verstappen 45pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 39pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 29pts
  10. Felipe Massa 22pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 297pts
  2. Ferrari 254pts
  3. Red Bull 152pts
  4. Force India 89pts
  5. Williams 40pts
  6. Toro Rosso 33pts
  7. Haas 29pts
  8. Renault 18pts
  9. Sauber 5pts
  10. McLaren 2pts



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