F1: Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas Wins, Ferrari’s Vettel Comes 2nd
- MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas posted his victory from the Pole position Sunday
- Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel came 2nd
- Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo came in 3rd
- Lewis Hamilton had to settle for 4th-place
Valtteri Bottas marked the 2nd win of his career with a strong performance at the Austrian Grand Prix.
A stunning start from Pole position helped him keep Sebastian Vettel at bay despite terrific run for the Chequered Flag at the finish in Spielberg.
The Mr. Vettel finished less than 1 sec behind Mr. Bottas, extending his championship lead over rival Lewis Hamilton to 20 points.
A 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change meant Mr. Hamilton started 8th. He finished 4th as Daniel Ricciardo just held him off in the closing stages to claim his 5th-straight podium finish.
The foretasted rain never happened at the Red Bull Ring.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was being cheered on by 10,000 Dutch fans who turned the grandstands into a sea of Orange, but their smiles turned to frowns before the teenager had reached the 1st corner.
A clutch problem meant Mr. Verstappen crawled off the line from 5th and fell back into the midfield. Daniil Kvyat got a good start from 14th. but failed to slow in time for the 1st corner where he smashed into the back of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren who in turn collided with Mr. Verstappen’s Red Bull.
The Mr. Alonso and Mr. Verstappen pitted and both retired, Mr. Verstappen’s 5th in races, as Mr. Kvyat escaped with a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.
That incident meant Mr. Hamilton moved from 8th to 7th on the 1st lap as team-mate Bottas made the most of his Pole position start to retain the lead from his flying start that Mr. Vettel was convinced he had jumped the lights.
Mr. Vettel protested to his team over the radio and the stewards ‘noted’ Mr. Bottas for a possible jump start.
Behind them Mr. Ricciardo snatched 3rd place from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen off the line.
Mr. Hamilton was up to 6th by lap 6 when he moved up the inside of Sergio Perez’s Force India at turn 5. Romain Grosjean was next up the road and Mr. Hamilton passed the Haas on the very next lap, though he was already 12 secs behind his team-mate out in front.
Mr. Raikkonen would prove tougher.
Mr. Hamilton was catching the Ferrari driver at more than 1/2sec per lap, but was complaining about the state of his tires.
That saw him fall 20secs behind Mr. Bottas by lap 26 when the stewards adjudged the race leader had not gone early on the lights at the start.
His reaction time after the lights went out was just 0.2 sec, 50% of Mr. Vettel who was now 8secs behind Mr. Bottas and just 4secs ahead of Mr. Ricciardo.
Then on lap 31, Mr. Hamilton gave up the chase, telling his team ‘I’m not going to get by.’ That message prompted a pit-stop when MercedesAMG fitted his racer with the quicker ultrasofts.
Now in clear air and fresh rubber, Hamilton’s lap times dove. He was more than 1sec per lap quicker than the Top 2 Messrs Bottas and Vettel, breaking the Red Bull Ring’s lap record.
By lap 35, Messrs Ricciardo and Vettel had pitted but seen their advantages over Hamilton slashed by almost 1/2 to 3 and 7 seconds respectively.
Mr. Hamilton’s problem was having to do almost 40 laps on the least durable tires and he was also on the radio complaining about the balance of his MercedesAMG racer.
Mr. Bottas pitted from the lead on lap 41, but saw his 8sec lead over Mr. Vettel reduced to 4 after his pit crew struggled to apply a new front-right tire.
Mr. Raikkonen took the lead, before he became the last of the front-runners to stop on lap 44. He re-emerged in 5th, 9secs behind Mr. Hamilton but with faster tires.
Mr. Hamilton reported he was ‘struggling’ and his advantage over Mr. Raikkonen was under 7secs by lap 51.
Mr. Hamilton then set records in 3 of 4 laps to move within 2secs of Mr. Ricciardo with 10 laps to the Chequered Flag.
He went wheel-to-wheel with the Red Bull driver on the 2nd to last lap but could not find a way to past. It was a similar for Mr. Vettel, who closed to within 1/2sec of Mr. Bottas on the final lap and fell short at the Flag.
Mr. Grosjean claimed his best result of the season by finishing 6th.
Valtteri Bottas enjoyed a dominant victory at the Austrian Grand Prix
Here is the complete race, watch, it was super.
Here are the final standings.
|09 July 2017 12:00 – 14:00||Lap 71 of 71|
|1||Valtteri Bottas||77||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||1||1:21:48.523||25|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||5||Scuderia Ferrari||2||1:21:49.181||18|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull Racing||4||1:21:54.535||15|
|4||Lewis Hamilton ⌚||44||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||8||1:21:55.953||12|
|5||Kimi Räikkönen||7||Scuderia Ferrari||3||1:22:08.893||10|
|6||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||6||1:23:01.683||8|
|7||Sergio Pérez||11||Sahara Force India F1 Team||7||+1 Lap||6|
|8||Esteban Ocon||45||Sahara Force India F1 Team||9||+1 Lap||4|
|9||Felipe Massa||19||Williams Martini Racing||17||+1 Lap||2|
|10||Lance Stroll||18||Williams Martini Racing||18||+1 Lap||1|
|11||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault Sport Formula One Team||16||+1 Lap||0|
|12||Stoffel Vandoorne||47||McLaren Honda||13||+1 Lap||0|
|13||Nico Hülkenberg||27||Renault Sport Formula One Team||11||+1 Lap||0|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Sauber F1 Team||20||+1 Lap||0|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber F1 Team||19||+2 Laps||0|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||26||Scuderia Toro Rosso||14||+3 Laps||0|
|17||Carlos Sainz||55||Scuderia Toro Rosso||10||Retired, 44 Laps||0|
|18||Kevin Magnussen||20||Haas F1 Team||15||Retired, 29 Laps||0|
|19||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren Honda||12||Retired, 1 Laps||0|
|20||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull Racing||5||Retired, 0 Laps||0|
That’s all for now, join me again in a weeks time for the British Grand Prix.
Have a terrific week.