Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) achieved his second victory in Formula 1 after winning the Austrian Grand Prix, the ninth round of the 2017 championship. The podium was completed by German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) .
Bottas led by 658 thousandths to Vettel, world leader, who with this second place increases his difference at the head of the championship, since his main rival, the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished fourth after starting the race from eighth position in the Grill.
Hamilton, penalized with five places on the starting grid on Saturday for having to change the gearbox, is now 20 points behind the German. But Bottas, thanks to his victory, has already placed 136, 35 behind the Ferrari driver and only 15 behind his teammate.
In the race, Bottas made a great start, to the point that the stewards studied for a long time whether the Finn had started with a red light. Finally, the data showed that the pilot's reaction time was 201 thousandths of a second, enough to validate the start as good.
With very degraded tires, the Finn suffered in the last laps and was attacked by Vettel especially in the last two laps, but was able to maintain his privileged position and cross the checkered flag in first position.
Bottas, who signed for Mercedes after last season to replace Nico Rosberg, who announced his retirement after winning the World Cup, thus adds his second victory in his career after that obtained in Russia, and shows the German team that they can be counted on him when Hamilton has difficulties. Perhaps, it will also serve to see his contract renewed for 2018.
With this result, Mercedes also widens its difference at the head of the constructors' world classification with 33 points of advantage over Ferrari.
CLASSIFICATION (71 laps)
1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes), 1h21m48s523
2. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) at 0s658
3. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull-Renault) at 6s012
4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) at 7s430
5. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 20s370
6. Roman Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) at 1m13s160
7. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India-Mercedes) 1 round.
8. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India-Mercedes) 1 round.
9. Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes) 1 round.
10. Lance Stroll (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1 round.
AVERAGE: 224,757 km / h. LAP RECORD: Hamilton (69th) in 1m07s411 at 230,597 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Vettel, 171 points; 2) Hamilton, 151; 3) Bottas, 136; 4) Ricciardo, 107; 5) Räikkönen, 83; 6) Pérez, 50; 7) Vertappen, 45; 8) Ocon, 39; 9) Sainz, 29; 10) Massa, 22. NEXT DATE: 16/7, British GP.