The pilot of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas dominated the first race of the season in Melbourne.
The key moment of the race happened already in the first meters, Bottas at the start easily ahead of Hamilton and has rapidly gained a comfortable lead over teammate. After a wave of pit stops the gap from Bottas Hamilton was over 20 seconds – it became that Finn today will not miss her.
In addition to the fourth victory in his career, Bottas got the extra point for fastest lap, and was recognized as the best racer of the day.Hamilton finished the race second and Max Verstappen rounded out the top 3 and brought the engines of the Honda’s first podium since 2008.
Pilots Ferrari starting the race season had unattractive – Sebastian Vettel lost Verstappen in the fight for the podium, and Charles LeClair was not able to improve their position compared to the qualifications. For a few laps before the finish, LeClair was able to get around Vettel, but received the order of the boxes “Scuderia” do not overtake partner.
Grand Prix of Australia. Race results:
1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 2. Lewis Hamilton (“Mercedes”) – +20,8863. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – +22,520
4. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – +57,1095. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – +58,2306. Kevin Magnussen (“Haas”) – +1.27,1567. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) – +1 круг8. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) – +1 круг9. Lance Stroll (“racing point”) – +1 круг10. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) – +1 lap
11. Pierre went Out (Red bull) – +1 круг12. Lando Norris (“McLaren”) – +1 круг13. Sergio Perez (“racing point”) – +1 круг14. Alexander Mirel Albon (Toro Rosso) – +1 круг15. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) – +1 круг16. George Russell (“Williams”) – +2 круга17. Robert Kubica (“Williams”) – +3 laps