Valtteri Bottas took his second career victory today at the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring

The Mercedes ace came away with a hard-earned pole-to-flag win in one hour 21 minutes 48.523 seconds.

Bottas made a quick getaway at the lights, although was investigated for a potential jump start, and cruised for much of the race. Towards the end, Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel made a late push, but Bottas edged him by 0.6 seconds across the finish.

Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final podium step in third place 6.012s off the winning mark.

Bottas’s teammate Lewis Hamilton followed in fourth just a further 1.4s behind the Red Bull Racing star, while Kimi Raikkonen steered his Ferrari to fifth 20.370s from first.

Romain Grosjean of Haas and the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top eight.

Following today’s results, Vettel continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship standings with 171 points. Hamilton is second with 151 while Bottas has quietly creeped into title contention with 136 points.

Mercedes leads the Constructors’ Championship with 287 points while Ferrari are on 254.

Following the race, Bottas commented:

“The first win is obviously special, but this is only my second win, so it’s a great feeling to get it. It’s been my best weekend yet with the pole and the win and I hope we can continue from here.

The start was absolutely perfect - definitely my best start ever. And you saw how close it was with Sebastian at the end, so today I needed it.

The car was so good this weekend, so I knew we could still do it. I got a massive blister on the rear-left in the second stint after just five laps, which made the car tricky to drive. I was losing more and more performance, but it wasn’t my first time having to keep Sebastian behind me. I kept my focus and managed to finish the race without any mistakes. It would have been tricky to keep Sebastian behind for much longer, so it was good to see the chequered flag

I’m still in the title fight and I’m only going to get better. We’re growing all the time.”

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The Formula 1 season continues next weekend with the 10th round, the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix.

Race Results

Pos.DriverTeamTime
1V. BottasMercedes21:48.5
2S. VettelFerrari0.658
3D. RicciardoRed Bull6.012
4L. HamiltonMercedes7.43
5K. RaikkonenFerrari20.37
6R. GrosjeanHaas+1:06.281
7S. PerezForce India+1 Lap
8E. OconForce India+1 Lap
9F. MassaWilliams+1 Lap
10L. StrollWilliams+1 Lap
11J. PalmerRenault+1 Lap
12S. VandoorneMcLaren+1 Lap
13N. HulkenbergRenault+1 Lap
14P. WehrleinSauber+1 Lap
15M. EricssonSauber+2 Laps
16D. KvyatToro Rosso+3 Laps
Did not finish
17C. Sainz Jr.Toro Rosso+27 Laps
18K. MagnussenHaas+42 Laps
19F. AlonsoMcLaren+70 Laps
20M. VerstappenRed Bull+71 Laps

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