Austrian Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has taken victory at the Red Bull Ring, holding off a late charge from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo finished P3 for Red Bull Racing.
Valtteri Bottas led the race from start to finish, weathering an early race investigation into his race start. Jumping off the line as the lights went out, he was investigated for a possible jump start, but was found to be legal. He then led until the end, holding off a late charge from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to take the win by just 0.6 seconds.
Vettel extends his championship lead to twenty points, due to finishing two positions ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes man, who started from P8 due to a gearbox penalty, finished P4, just behind the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian held his nerve in the closing laps as Hamilton hounded him to the flag, crossing the line just half a second ahead of the Merc.
Kimi Raikkonen finished P5 for Ferrari, having started from P3. The Finn made a much later pit stop than his immediate rivals, staying out in what appeared to be an attempt to slow down Valtteri Bottas when the Mercedes made its pitstop. Romain Grosjean claimed P6 for Haas after a great start to the race, while the Force Indias of Sergio Perez & Esteban Ocon finished P7 & P8 respectively, steadying the ship after the pair collided at the last race in Azerbaijan.
Williams were the last of the points scorers, with Felipe Massa leading home Lance Stroll.
There was no joy for Max Verstappen yet again, as the Dutch driver was whacked out of the race on the first lap. Making a poor start due to a suspected mechanical issue, Verstappen, along with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, were spun out of the race by Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. The resulting damage knocked both men out, while Kvyat was able to finish the race, albeit as last of the classified runners after a time penalty was handed down to him.
The championship now heads to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, taking place next Sunday, July 16th.