Bottas takes commanding Australian GP Victory : F1 2019

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While the F1 pre-season tests painted a story of Ferrari being in a solid position to challenge Mercedes’ predominance, the season-opening Australian GP flipped that account on its head with Mercedes holding an unmistakable preferred standpoint during the time as Ferrari attempted to discover pace. The race saw Valtteri Bottas tempest to triumph – his first since the 2017 Abu Dhabi GP – in front of partner Lewis Hamilton, to give Mercedes a 1-2 wrap up.

Hamilton began the race from shaft position subsequent to setting another lap record at Albert Park amid qualifying, yet it was Bottas who made the better begin, with the Finn previously opening into the lead before Turn 1. From that point on, Bottas stayed in charge at the front and eventually secured the success with a strong 20.886 second edge. He even earned a reward point for setting the quickest lap of the race, giving him a most extreme conceivable count of 26 points.

Ferrari chose to go for the undercut and set Sebastian Vettel on lap 14, constraining Mercedes to stick to this same pattern with Hamilton on the following lap. Nonetheless, the two drivers seemed to battle on their new medium tires and their issues were additionally aggravated by the way that they needed to nurture their vehicles past the end goal on far more seasoned tires than their quick opponents.

Bottas takes commanding Australian GP victory

Max Verstappen exploited his fresher tires and surpassed Vettel for third spot around the outside of Turn 3 on lap 32 and afterward focused on overwhelming Hamilton. Be that as it may, the Red Bull driver fell back in the wake of running wide at Turn 1 at last phases of the race. This enabled Hamilton to space into second spot, with Verstappen securing the last platform spot. By the by, third spot was a huge outcome for Red Bull Racing, in what was their first race utilizing Honda control; truth be told, it denoted Honda’s first platform complete since the 2008 British GP.

The Ferrari pair of Vettel and Charles Leclerc needed to agree to fourth and fifth spot, separately. Vettel slipped further back in the wake of being surpassed by Verstappen; Leclerc figured out how to get up to speed to him yet seemed to back off after he was approached to hold station.

Kevin Magnussen completed in 6th placem, trailed by Nico Hulkenberg. The two turned into the sole finishers for Haas and Renault, separately. In what had all the earmarks of being a close rehash of a year ago’s occurrence, Grosjean destroyed to the side of the track on lap 29 after his front-left tire was mistakenly fitted in his pit stop. In the interim, Daniel Ricciardo languished a baffling race debut over Renault – he lost his front wing toward the begin in the wake of being propelled once again the grass on the keep running up to the primary corner and headed into the pits at an opportune time to fix the harm. In any case, the group chose to resign him on lap 30 with a speculated issue. The main other retirement was Carlos Sainz, who halted on lap 11 after the backside of his McLaren burst into blazes.

Kimi Raikkonen took eighth spot for Alfa Romeo, with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat gathering together the best 10.

Race result:

POSDriverVehicleLaps Gaps
1
Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes
58
1h25m27.325s
2
Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes
58
20.886s
3
Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Honda
58
22.520s
4
Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari
58
57.109s
5
Charles Leclerc

Ferrari
58
58.230s
6
Nico Hulkenberg

Haas/Ferrari
58
1m27.156s
7
Nico Hulkenberg

Renault
571 lap
8
Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari
571 lap
9
Spear Stroll

Hustling Point/Mercedes
571 lap
10
Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Honda
571 lap
11
Pierre Gasly

Red Bull/Honda
571 lap
12
Lando Norris

McLaren/Renault
571 lap
13
Sergio Perez

Hustling Point/Mercedes
571 lap
14
Alexander Albon

Toro Rosso/Honda
571 lap
15
Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari
571 lap

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