Valtteri Bottas drove to the opening GP of the season to win in Austria.
Bottas, who led from the pole position until the end of the race, was able to hold teammate Lewis Hamilton on his heels almost through the race, but in the end Ferrari was driven second by Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Lando Norris of McLaren, for whom the podium place was the first in his career.
Read the full race follow-up here: Valtteri Bottas for a great victory! Kimi Räikkönen interrupted, the final moments of the race full of drama
With his opening win, Bottas increased his neck by 13 points to his teammate. His race weekend was also supported by his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell.
An Australian professional cyclist recently released a video of the race’s prize-giving ceremony in which he poured out a concise message to his partner:
- My hero, Cromwell wrote with a heart smiley.
Cromwell also released a joint photo of the couple, in which he said he was proud of Bottas.
“It was awesome to be able to be here by his side and support him, just as he supports me in my rehearsals and races,” Cromwell wrote.
According to Cromwell's story, the duo also had time to go cycling somewhere in Spielberg on Sunday before the Bottas race.
Cromwell said in his account earlier that he would be able to start his own race season in a few weeks.
The story was completed at 8:40 p.m .: Added another Cromwell release.
Austrian GP: results and series situation
Results (71 laps, 306,452 km): 1) Valtteri Bottas Finland, Mercedes 1.30.55,739, 2) Charles Leclerc Monaco, Ferrari 2,700 seconds behind, 3) Lando Norris McLaren –5,491, 4) Lewis Hamilton Britain, Mercedes –5,689, 5 ) Carlos Sainz Jr. Spain, McLaren –8,903, 6) Sergio Perez Racing Point –15,092, 7) Pierre Gasly France, AlphaTauri –16,682, 8) Esteban Ocon France, Renault –17,456, 9) Antonio Giovinazzi Italy, Alfa Romeo –21,146 , 10) Sebastian Vettel Germany, Ferrari –24,545, 11) Nicholas Latifi Canada, Williams –31,650.
Suspended by: Max Verstappen, The Netherlands, Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo Australia, Renault, Lance Stroll Canada, McLaren, Kevin Magnussen Denmark, Haas, Romain Grosjean France, Haas, George Russell, United Kingdom, Williams, Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Alfa Romeo, Alexander Albon, Thailand, Red Bull, Daniil Kvjat, Russia, AlphaTauri. Hamilton and Perez were given a five-second time penalty.
Fastest lap: Norris 1.07,475.
World Championship situation for drivers: 1) Bottas 25, 2) Leclerc 18, 3) Norris 16, 4) Hamilton 12, 5) Sainz Jr. 10, 6) Perez 8, 7) Gasly 6, 8) Ocon 4, 9) Giovinazzi 2, 10) Vettel 1.
Manufacturers World Cup situation: 1) Mercedes 37, 2) McLaren 26, 3) Ferrari 19, 4) Racing Point 8, 5) AlphaTauri 6, 6) Renault 4, 7) Alfa Romeo 2.
Next race: 12. 7. Austrian GP (Spielberg).
There are 8 races on the F1 calendar so far. 15-18 competitions are planned for the whole season.