It was the launch of a lifetime from the winner of the Austrian GP, Valtteri Bottas. Shooting off the line frm pole position, reacting to the lights at an almost intuitive reaction of just .201 seconds! I took longer just to put that exclamation mark. His start was in fact so startlingly quick that both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo both came in over the radio to ask whether he’d been given a jump start penalty.That put Bottas under the scanner for a while by Race control, who later deemed that it was nothing more than Bottas’ lightning reflexes and thereby cleared off any wrongdoing by stewards.In third place, at the start, it was Ricciardo who got in behind Seb after pushing Kimi Raikkonen wide at the apex in turn three. As result, the Finn lost his place to the Haas being piloted by Roman Grosjean. The Fin would later take back his place to fourth but was unable to properly lock in Ricciardo’s Red Bull.
Still involved in their assault on each other the top three then began to space out the pack.Further back in the pack, Lewis Hamilton pulled a move on Force India’s (Or should I say force one ?) Sergio Perez and Grosjean moving up to fifth place behind Raikkonen. But Raikkonen wouldn’t have any of it, forcing Lewis into the pits on lap 31, where he was the only one to dump his super softs for ultras, possibly thinking that he would make his move when the rest of the field pulled in.
Ricciardo prepared to make the mature decision and came in swapping his ultra softs for softs on lap 33, followed by Vettel a lap later. Bottas held onto his tyres for a few more laps waiting till lap 41 to make his pit. He joined in behind the then pack leader, Raikkonen who was being kept on the track by Ferrari, running his tyres to their jagged edge. He finally relented at the end of lap 44, handing the lead back to Bottas.
At the chequered flag, Sebastien who had held his position as only he could was a whisker away from Bottas at .658 seconds. .201 of which he is likely to be very very peeved about.
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