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Superb Bottas holds off Vettel to claim Austria win

Valtteri Bottas held off a late surge from championship leader Sebastian Vettel to claim victory from pole position, with Lewis Hamilton 4th. 

Bottas got off to an incredible start from pole position. It looked a jump start from the naked eye, but it was deemed legal by the stewards. Hamilton, from 8th on the grid, got a decent start and moved up to 7th place immediately. The first corner wasn’t to go without some contact, however. Verstappen had a clutch problem off the line, so went very slowly. Kvyat locked up into turn 1, hitting Alonso and the ever-unfortunate Verstappen was once again collected, and out of the race.

The race quieted down at the front, with Hamilton beginning to make his way through the field. Using DRS, he swept passed both Perez and Grosjean, and started a charge to Raikkonen. However, he found it extremely difficult to get passed the Ferrari driver. Kvyat was awarded a drive through penalty for his part in the turn 1 incident.

Hamilton, despite starting on the harder super-soft tyre, was the first of the front runners to pit. He would have to do nearly 40 laps on a set of the ultra-soft tyres. Ricciardo followed him 2 laps later to cover the undercut, this time for the super-soft tyres. Magnussen became another casualty of the race, and both Bottas and Vettel pit for the super-soft tyres.

Vandoorne was awarded a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags. Raikkonen pit for the super-softs, however was well back from Hamilton. The fastest lap and lap record kept changing hands, in the end falling to Hamilton. This was because of an extremely exciting last few laps.

Bottas was struggling with his tyres, and Vettel was catching him extremely quickly. Despite not being happy with the balance of his car, Hamilton was catching Ricciardo. This culminated in an incredible last few laps. Hamilton tried a move up the inside of Ricciardo, but it was not to be. Vettel got within DRS of Bottas, but he could also not make the move.

Therefore, Bottas held on to take his 2nd win of the season and his career. Vettel extended his championship lead by 6 points with 2nd, while Ricciardo came 3rd. Hamilton did an impressive job of damage limitation in 4th, with Raikkonen, Grosjean, Perez, Ocon, Massa and Stroll rounding out the points.

RESULT:

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

Featured image: http://www.grandprix247.com/2017/07/08/austria-qualifying-bottas-emerges-to-take-pole/

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