Bottas holds off Vettel in Austrian cliffhanger

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2017 09:14:47


SPIELBERG (Austria),

VALTTERI Bottas won a cliffhanger Austrian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishing a mere 0.6 of a second behind to increase his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 20 points after nine races.
Hamilton, Bottas’s team-mate, started in eighth place after a grid penalty triggered by an unscheduled gearbox change and finished fourth.

Vettel now has 171 points to Hamilton’s 151. Bottas is third overall on 136.
“I had a bit of deja-vu in the end from Russia,” said Bottas, referring to his first Formula One win at Sochi in April when Vettel again almost reeled him in at the finish and also crossed the line 0.6 behind.
“At the beginning I could control the race but it was trickier towards the end.”

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull, at a circuit owned by the energy drink brand, for his fifth successive podium finish with Hamilton pushing him hard to the chequered flag.

Double point finish for Force India FORCE India made a double point finish with drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon ending at the seventh and eighth position respectively. Mexican Perez grabbed six points for his effort and climbed to P6 in the Drivers’ Championship, while Ocon of France bagged four points.